It has been quiet on the blog as of late. Although my goal is to post something a minimum of twice per week, there are seasons where the demands of life and ministry make it impossible to do so. This is one of those times. Next weekend I am speaking at our Women’s Retreat and I am feverishly working to finish four messages for it. Also, I am honored to be presenting a workshop for ministry spouses a couple days after retreat, so I am preparing for that as well. To say I am a bit overwhelmed and weary is an understatement!
Years ago, I wrote the devotional below. As I reread it recently, it encouraged me in this frantic season. I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well! I will pray for strength, energy and endurance for you, whatever you are facing in this current season. Pray for me too?
He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired. Isaiah 40:29-31, NET
Anyone who has ever raised a little boy has probably made the same comment I have at least a hundred times . . . “If I could only have a fraction of his energy.” From the moment his eyes pop open in the morning until he lays his head on the pillow at night, my son is on the move. It is rare when I see him grow tired or weary, but when he does, oh how I love it when he comes to me cuddles up close and rests for a while. I cherish those moments because I know they are fleeting. It doesn’t take long for him to be re-charged and ready to again, just from resting with his mama for a minute or two.
Are you tired or weary right now due to illness, heartache, responsibility, circumstances beyond your control, or simply from growing old? Did you know that you have a place to go to rest for a while? “But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength.” As you rest in the “arms” of God, what you are saying is, “I trust you and will wait for you to meet my needs and take care of me.” You exchange your weariness for His strength, your weakness for His power. What a wonderful exchange!
Sometimes you only need moments to rest in His arms, and other times, you may need an extended length of time. Wherever you find yourself right now, don’t be like the little boy who tries to wriggle out of the loving embrace of his mother’s arms too soon. God has something good for you in that place, renewed energy and strength.
- Strength to keep loving that difficult person in your life
- Ability to handle a situation or responsibility that is beyond your natural ability
- Willingness to get back up after you have blown it with your family and try again
- Strength to walk through a situation you would never in a million years believed you would find yourself in
I have learned that I am wise to not fight waiting and resting in God’s arms because there is a great benefit that comes as a result, endurance. Endurance to “run without growing weary, and walk without getting tired . . .” Let’s practice resting right now. Find a quiet place, even if it’s in the bathroom (*smile*) and make this prayer your own: “Thank You, God, for these moments to rest in You. Remove the many distractions that cause me to wriggle away from Your loving embrace. As I sit here, fill me with Your strength and hope. Show me how this simple time with You increases my endurance for what lies ahead of me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
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