But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
I don’t know anyone who has flown like an eagle, but in times of euphoria, I almost think I could. Note that this type of flight is for those who wait and depend on the Lord. That almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it – wait in order to soar? But God, the Creator, is the one who empowers, and he’s the one who renews for soaring, running, and walking.
I have a friend who dreamed for years and then trained for months and months to run in the Greek marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, much of it uphill. And another friend worked an incredibly long time with a trainer to run in the Boston marathon. According to the reports of my friends, the excitement of just being part of those famous events was energizing, but the last parts of the races were absolutely grueling. Sounds a lot like the races we are called to run.
I have observed, quite frankly, that most of our days are characterized by walking rather than flying and running. Just putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes as we plod, the path becomes more restrictive and the way more treacherous while even the light seems to darken. God brings us to those places, too, those dark nights of the soul. He allows the plodding, but it’s only for a season, and he sustains us during those times.
That’s when waiting is essential. Waiting for renewal. Waiting for rest and peace. Waiting for God to make himself known. Waiting as he makes crooked places straight and rough places plain. Strength comes in waiting, and when it’s time to move on, God gives the signal. The light brightens the path, and sometimes, yes, sometimes, we even mount up with wings like eagles.
Just now, however, I’m waiting.
Father, knowing you and your Word brings rest during weary times. You promise strength and every other thing we need on this journey. We trust you, and we wait. Thank you. AMEN.