“God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 29-31
I have to admit that I sometimes find myself pretending to be a race car driver, especially when the speed limit is 65 or over. Now, I don’t speed all of the time – just when I’m in a hurry (which is quite often). My husband occasionally had a similar problem but he never called it speeding – he would say he was “blending with traffic”. Even though I might like to go fast in a car, I never really liked to run fast – I prefer to walk. But I have a friend that loves to run every day. When she turned 40, she thought it was time she ran a marathon. I thought instead she should run to see a counselor, but she had her mind made up. She started training with a group in April and faithfully worked up to being able to run the entire 26 miles. When the day of the race came, there she was in her new running outfit ready to go. When the race started I yelled “you go girl!” and off she went. Hours later, she came walking in. “Walking” may be putting it a bit too strongly. She could barely get into the car. I took her home and she literally crept through the door and leaned against the counter as she took off her running shoes. She was too tired to eat so she crawled upstairs and got into a tub of hot water. Once she got in, she decided it might be a good place to spend the rest of the day or maybe the next week. She hasn’t run a marathon since.
I, myself, don’t know how anyone runs or walks for twenty-six miles. I know I couldn’t do it. If even youth will faint and be weary and fall down, I don’t think there’s much chance for me. However, Isaiah promises that God doesn’t faint or grow weary and that God will renew our strength. I doubt this means that God will give me the strength to run a marathon, but there are other races that we run. I think they call it the “human race” for a reason. Don’t we feel much of our lives are spent racing from one thing to another? Going from home to work or to volunteer and then taking children to baseball games and helping with homework. Once we get home there are meals to prepare and getting ready for the next day. Many times we find ourselves exhausted and for all of us, there are times in all of our lives when we just don’t think we can go another step. Maybe we are dealing with the death of a loved one or exhausted from caring for others; perhaps we are dealing with the loss of a job and there seems to be few prospects for a new one; maybe it’s a child in trouble, a divorce or just not enough money to go around. Whatever the reason might be, when we just feel like we can’t go on, Isaiah gives us the answer. When life itself seems like a marathon and our spirits are weary to the core, God will pick us up and carry us until our spirits are refreshed and we can race again. I love the thought that we are flying on Eagles wings and soaring on God’s love. And God doesn’t leave us once we pick up the baton and reenter the race. God is always there for us to cheer us on and to celebrate our victories until we have finished our race and crossed the finish line to live with God eternally. So, I guess according to Isaiah I can run and not be faint, but I think maybe I should visit the gym a few times first. Have a great week. Pastor Jan
Have a wonderful week. Pastor Jan 05/20/2018
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