[He gives strength to the weary]
July 10, 2019
Physically, I’ve hit another rough patch, but by the time anyone reads this piece it will be old news. (I’m way ahead on my writing, though from time to time I do throw something very current into the mix.) If I say yesterday, I mean yesterday.
Hopeful and Praising
Though I’m physically exhausted, mentally I’m hopeful. I’ll get back up. For a while there I was struggling to hang on. I was sure that I was beat, but my God is so amazing. He means what He says. He does what He says He will do.
So I’m learning to rest in Jesus’ care, and He’s renewing my strength. Some days, like today, this lesson is very literal. I’m forced to physically rest as I tap out my thoughts.
Thankful and Grateful
This isn’t a complaint. No way! My body is beat, but my heart is happy. I’m thankful that I’m not depressed. I had some anxiety and jitters last night, but that was last night. Joy comes in the morning, right? His mercies are new every morning too.
So I’m rejoicing that God is taking care of every need. I’m grateful that I have a Father in heaven who watches over me.
I don’t know what He has planned for Andrew and I, but the picture is always so much bigger than our own little world. Amazingly, I’m feeling peaceful even though our Summer has seen many grey days, and I haven’t gotten out into the sunshine as often as I’d like.
For days I’d been watching something dart across the back yard as the evening light began to fade. I kept catching it in my peripheral vision. It was too fast to get a good glimpse of, but my guess was that I was seeing a dragonfly. When I caught sight of it during the day, sure enough it was a stealthy and speedy dragonfly.
(Both pics come from Pixabay.com)
“Later in its life the insect goes through a remarkable transformation from a water-breathing creature (with gills) into the beautifully coloured air-breathing dragonfly with which we are familiar. If it were held under water in the adult stage it would drown.” Creation.com
I still believe that good things come to those who wait. This isn’t just a wise saying. It’s Scriptural, and it’s true if who you wait upon is the Lord. (Isaiah 40:31) What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? It means we trust God, we depend on Him, we put our hope in Jesus and abide in Him.
“Sometimes when you’re going somewhere and you wait, a somewhere comes to you.” –Winnie the Pooh/Christopher Robin
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” –Isaiah 40:29-31
As for the devil, well, as Toby Mac puts it, “Hey, devil, go on, get your junk outta here. I don’t need you. So move on!” (Ephesians 6:10)