In case you’re like me and needed a reminder—it is still only January.
We are only a few weeks into the new year, but enough activity and events have happened to fill several months. And even though most of these activities have been good (at least in my own life), I’ve still caught myself wondering a couple times just how weird it would be if I curled up on my office floor and took a nap at 1 in the afternoon.
Life takes energy, and sometimes it feels like you just don’t have enough to go around. The other day in an early-morning stupor, I was thinking about Isaiah 40:31 to try and push myself up (literally—up from the couch) for the day: “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.”
At first I reacted to the words the same way I always have: well that’s nice! God will give me the energy I need! But then I started to think about what that would really mean, to not grow weary.
Can you imagine what it would be like to run and not grow weary? At best I can run (okay—I can lightly jog at the same pace as the elderly speed walker next to me) for about twenty minutes before wanting to collapse like Andy Dwyer in Parks and Rec. Running without getting tired would be amazing.
But that’s not even the best part. Think about how far you could get if you never got tired from running. Think about leaving your house at a steady pace and never stopping all day. How many places could you go? Without getting tired, your destination could be anywhere, and the possibilities would be infinite.
How far could we go here in the work we are doing? If we never grow tired, the possibilities are limitless. We could spread the foster care program throughout Uganda, and the rest of Africa. We could grow our small clinic into an entire hospital. We could start youth outreaches all over the world.
But this all depends on how much we grab hold to the first part of the verse: “those who hope in the Lord.” In Spanish, the same word is used to express hoping, waiting, and expecting. I think that comes closer to the real meaning of this verse. When we hope, or wait, on the Lord, we aren’t just sitting and waiting for Him to do something; we are expecting it. When you are driving a car up a hill, do you stop and look over the edge when you reach the top to make sure the road is still there? Of course not. You keep driving because you expect the road to continue, even when you can’t see it yet. If we approached our lives with that level of faith and expectation, how far could we go?
Let’s expect God to do something big through us this week! I guarantee He will give you the strength you need to accomplish it.