"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall
walk and not faint."
(ISAIAH 40:31, ESV)
One of my favorite memories as a young child is of Christmas shopping in downtown Saint Paul with my grandmother. Decades before Mall of America and skyways, we bundled up and walked briskly from one department store to another, gazing at glittering holiday displays. Excited, I would scamper ahead of her, and after awhile, Grandma knew that to continue on, I would need to renew my strength. We’d stop at a counter for a cup of steaming hot cocoa.
God knows what it takes to renew our strength when we are weary, too. He sees that we grow tired of life with its complexities, worries and busyness. He knows that our only way to revive is to quit racing and wait for Him. We grow weary because we run ahead of Him into tomorrow’s troubles. Or we lag behind Him in yesterday’s regrets. We must walk alongside Jesus, the One who never grows weary or faints. When we keep pace with Him – waiting for His leading, resting in His forgiveness, thriving in His presence – our strength is renewed and our souls are refreshed.
'TIL HE APPEARED AND THE SOUL FELT ITS WORTH.
A THRILL OF HOPE THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES,
FOR YONDER BREAKS A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN.
(PLACIDE CAPPEAU, 1847)