But those who wait on 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.
What a wonderful image and better yet, what an awesome promise! Read it again, play the song in your mind of the same words, let it sink it with blessed assurance and hope in all things. What a gracious and steadfast God we have. All praise and glory to our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of our very lives, individually and communally!
Haven’t we all had times when we needed and so desired renewed strength, when the race we were running was making us so weary? All of us have walked down paths that were long, circuitous, tedious, and challenging, or known times when we felt we would faint under the difficult pressure and persistent length of the road ahead. No doubt we all have felt as though we are striving rather than thriving, or just trudging in the mud or quicksand, rather than running the race set before us like Hussein Bolt.
In these situations we may have imagined rising above our earthly confines, just getting away or being lifted up like an eagle taking an updraft, effortlessly, freely soaring above all that tires and bogs us down here on earth. Take a moment to let the image of an eagle inspire you to new heights right now. Imagine whatever you like that gives you renewed strength and hope; drink in the refreshing living water of Christ’s word of encouragement (courage meant for you!) that will quench your thirst and enliven you better than any five-hour energy drink. Ask God to walk or run alongside you in the challenge(s) you are facing – whatever it may be – physical, mental, emotional, financial, etc. Let Jesus go before you to prepare the way in the wilderness, knowing that “He has a plan for you, to give you hope and a future,” even a promised land. Let the Good Shepherd walk with you in your own brand of the valley of shadow of death, fear and despair. Let him take you beside still waters and green pastures, for surely you shall be protected and guided, redeemed and renewed as you retreat into the loving arms of your Savior.
Enthusiasm comes from the root words: asm (=the state of), en (=being within), theo (=God). If we were all to live in thanksgiving and enthusiasm (the state of being in and one with God) we would live in the updraft of the eagles’ wings, we would run and not be weary, walk and not faint, regardless of the stones or even boulders on our path whether put there by others, ourselves or circumstances. Life can be a joyful adventure even during the seemingly bad and seamy side of it. It is a matter of who and what matters to us along the “rocky road” of life, whether it will freeze us out or sweeten us up, so to speak. If we are waiting on the Lord who always has the final answer and ultimate victory over anything life serves up in all its colorful and sometimes not so pleasant tasting array of 31+ flavors, we will slide on home, hearing from our God, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Now that’s a home run, a race we have each been called to run. Isaiah 40:31 would be a good fight song for walking this life, never alone, cheering ourselves and others as we walk, run, and sometimes trudge the road to our happy destiny.
Prayer: Sweet Mother Father God, Thank you for being beside me, below me, above me, within me as I walk the path you have set before me. And thank you especially for being the drink of living water along the way, the lamp unto my feet, my daily bread each step of the way, the wind under my wings, the encouragement and enthusiasm that keeps me afloat, the strength within as close as each breath I take. Amen