A Well-Known Friend

Sometimes it’s stumbling upon something “new” or something I hadn’t really thought of before that serves up something to chew on. A phrase that catches my attention, a word picture that I’d never really considered before, or just some unexpected light shed on a well known truth.

But then, there are the times when during my morning reading I revisit a well known friend. I hover over something that I have hovered over many times before. I drink deep from a fountain that has refreshed me often in the past. A familiar oasis meeting the need of my soul as I’m reminded of something I need to be reminded of again. Such is the case this morning.

I woke up overwhelmed this morning. Terrible way to wake up. To come to and then start thinking about all that’s on the schedule for this week and wondering how it got it there . . . and how you’re going to get ‘er done. Burdened not only by things to do, but by things you need to be praying for. Your head spinning, your heart pounding, and you haven’t even got out of bed yet!!! Ugh!

So I prayed. Determined at least my next step. Got out of bed. Made myself a coffee. And opened the Word and started in on my reading plan for the day.

And the Lord spoke:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? 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. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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 40:28-31 ESV)

Like I said, an old, familiar friend. Truth I have heard many times before. Truth I have sung often (thought not as much these days). Truth I have appropriated more than once in the past. Truth that those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength. A promise to claim.

While spoken in a much grander context, this morning it serves as a reminder that before focusing on my schedule I need to look to my Scheduler. That while I didn’t see this week coming together as it has, He did. While I might have thought I was planning these next days out, He was in fact determining my steps. And that, while I might not be sure how it all gets done, my God is the everlasting God who does not faint or grow weary.

What’s more, from His endless repository of creation wielding energy, He gives power to those who are prone to faint and will, at some point or another, grow weary. For those whose strength is sapped even before getting up in the morning, He multiplies their strength. For those who wait for the LORD, for those who look to Him, for those who collect themselves as they patiently call on Him, He WILL renew their strength. And they WILL mount up to meet the demands of the day. And they WILL run, sustained by a power not of themselves.

Check out all the times the word faint is used. Our God does not faint. In fact He is ready, willing, and able to give power to the faint. And while, at some time or another we all will faint (for even young men faint eventually–and I ain’t no young man anymore), those who wait on the Lord, shall not faint.

Not to be trite . . . knowing I’m at risk of being accused of using simplistic “Christian-ese” . . . but, to be honest, sometimes I just need to quietly reassure myself, “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”

How I thank God for His promises. How I thank Him for His providence in placing these old friends in my path when I really need to make their acquaintance again. How I thank Him for His power. Power sufficient for my fainting, sufficient for my weariness, sufficient too for those mornings when I wake up overwhelmed.

Ok. Let’s get on with the week. Run saint run . . . and not be weary. Walk in the paths He has allowed . . . and not faint.

By His grace. For His glory.

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