Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rest for the Overwhelming

28 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
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,
   they will walk and not be faint
Isaiah 40: 28-31

I have been thinking about this passage for a few days now.  I keep thinking, how can I find rest for the overwhelming?  There are so many needs in our world.  Just this past week, I have heard of cancer in friends, divorce, loss, injury, and work struggles.  I find that I am overwhelmed with the prayer needs of friends and family.  I wonder how Pastors get through the days with a smile, when they hear all the burdens of their congregations.  I think it is because they through faith and prayer learn to accept that GOD, “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” The passage goes on to describe how to obtain God’s strength:” those who HOPE in the LORD will renew their strength.”   What a wonderful promise! All it takes is faith and HOPE.  It even tells us where to find hope = in the LORD.  

I am not sure where you are today, but I am in need of renewed strength.  I think I could use a trip on eagle’s wings.  I want to run and not grow weary.  Even more so, I want to walk and not be faint.  I am no biblical scholar.  However, I interpret this as the Lord saying that you run/race during times of struggle or challenge.  You have to pick up the pace and be more aggressive in your faith and in your life, but you will not grow weary if you HOPE in the LORD.  I interpret this description of walking as daily life and minor daily obstacles.  If you HOPE in the LORD, then you will not grow faint in the exhaustion of every day living.

Today, I am exhausted from everyday responsibilities and chores.  I am going to put my HOPE in the LORD, and see where the day takes me. I will let you know how things turn out!



  1. Look at you, you little Theologian! You need to take your posts and put them in book form and give them to people in need. Thanks for sharing your struggles with others

    Your Big Brother!

  2. I think so many people struggle in silence, but we all feel the same. We need more rest. We need more encouragement. We need more HOPE. For quite a while I felt a tugging at my heart to write some of these things down. I finally decided to go ahead and not be afraid to be vulnerable to what I thought God might be saying to me. I have no idea where this journey will take me, but I hope that others may be encouraged in some small way!