Midweek Moment: September 2, 2020
“...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

This week, it feels like all the routines I had semi-carved out over the summer are being replaced by new ones as we enter the fall.  We have a new babysitter, I have a new work schedule, we started homeschooling my five-year-old, and I can’t seem to keep up with what foods my two-year-old will allow on her plate.  Just one of those changes would have been enough, but, together it feels downright exhausting.  Maybe it’s my season of life (hello, two and five-year-old children!) or maybe it’s COVID, but I think I might need a nap just thinking about it all.

However, I woke up with Isaiah 40 running through my head on Sunday, with the real sense that God wants to renew my strength.  And not just mine, but ours.

Isaiah says, “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.”  I love that the Creator of the earth, the Creator of you and of me, does not get tired.  He isn’t exhausted.  And when we get tired, he can supernaturally give us strength.  He can renew and refresh us.

Isaiah goes on to say, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Even if you have run out of steam, the good news for us today is that God has plenty to go around.  He is pouring it out to those who “wait on Him”.  In other words, those who expect, look for, or hope for God will renew their strength.

Today, what would it look like to expect to see God?  Can you look for God in the places you didn’t normally expect him to show up?  Can you place your hope in Him?  My prayer is that if you are feeling worn out or weary, that God would fill you up with his strength and that He would give you all that you need, when you need it.