From the dirt to the skies…

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Isaiah 40: 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those 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. 

If you read the rest of this chapter you’ll read about our God who is mighty and powerful, who holds the world and all things in his hands. Ours is a God who never tires – who is then compared to weary humans. I imagine a person on a long journey who is absolutely exhausted. Done. Face in the dirt. Cannot take another step. Then there is v.31,

“but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles…”

The Hebrew words translated here as “wait” can also be translated as “hope” or “trust”. When we are so exhausted that our faces are in the ground, if we will place our hope/trust in the Lord, the Lord will lift us up. And not just up on our feet, or even up off of the ground, but soaring in the heights like an eagle! What a beautiful image.

I think I know what it is to be weary of spirit, empty on the inside. Done. In that place I have already tried to raise myself up but can’t. I’m stuck. I hope in the Lord because it’s the only hope I have. And in that place where I’m out of options… the Lord comes.

 

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