How amazing it is, when God seems to speak directly and personally to you! The Mom was reading the verses that go along with today’s Lenten reading, but not really paying attention to what she was reading. She was thinking about a senior friend that she visited in a Home the other day, and how she could barely keep the lady awake to feed her lunch… and most of the seniors in the lunch room were hanging their heads in sleep. She was hoping she won’t be so sleepy when her turn comes to be at that point, yet wondering about her present go-to-bed-early, wake-up-sleepy habits. Then what she was reading "popped out":
"He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings, and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired." (Isa. 40:29-31, Amp.)
"Even youths…"–see, it doesn’t matter how old you are, age has nothing to do with it; and here we think of our young people who have so much to do with their studies, etc., that they must sometimes feel very faint! "But those who wait for the Lord…" and remember just who this Lord is: "The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary"! (Isa. 40:28) Even creating the ends of the earth doesn’t make Him weary–you can depend on Him!! If He can do that, He can certainly "renew your strength"!
OK, so this chorus is not very old, but how can we not use this one, after this discussion?
"Strength will come, as we wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord;
[Yes, repeat it–it’s good for you:]
Strength will come as we wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord–
Our God! You reign forever!
Our God–our Strong Deliverer!
You are the Everlasting God!
The Everlasting God! You will not faint,
You won’t grow weary!"
Walk to Rivendell: As we plod along, we’re thankful for the protection of the trees.