"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint"-Isaiah 40:28-31
We all get tired at times. In the very beginning God ordained the Sabbath day, during which time no labor was to be done. This became a day of rest for the people. The simple life that existed back then, however, has become increasingly complicated. Many businesses today operate seven days a week, and many have extended business hours, causing some employees to work long and/or odd hours. Businesses are more global, driving parents away from their children for days, sometimes weeks at a time. The war on terrorism is wreaking devastation on our military families. The list goes on and on.
Our body and soul cry out in protest as the hustle of life taxes them beyond their God-ordained limit. This burden has fallen upon our children and they feel the weight of it too, more than parents may realize.
So how do we spell relief? To be sure, some of the things that weigh us down are self-imposed; those we have control over. But the aforementioned vicious cycle of life succumbs little if any to human attempts to manage it. The good news is that God is the One who renews the strength of the weary. This He does as we wait on Him; in other words, tarry in His presence in prayer and seek His counsel in all things.
Learning to wait on the Lord in a world where we can't wait requires conscientious discipline. The degree to which we succeed, however, greatly determines how much in life we will be able to mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.
Dear God in heaven, thank You for being the strength of my life. Teach me how to wait on You when anxiety seems overwhelming-Amen.