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'm exhausted....I'm just....done." As I sat in the car this morning before heading into work that's the most eloquent thing my lips and mind could muster to describe what was taking place inside my heart and body. Precious hours of sleep have been replaced by restlessness causing me to sleepwalk through most of the day. Judging by the amount of stuff on my plate that I'm trying to deal with one would assume I spend my days at an all you can eat buffet. The only positive thing to come out of the ordeal is not having to worry about a Halloween costume because I feel and look like Frankenstein and a zombie had a baby.
I don't know where you find yourself right now. Maybe life is humming along just fine - you're living the life, living the dream. Perhaps you've been too busy even to pay attention to your surroundings. Or, I might have just described the current state of your life. Regardless, living in a broken world, we all encounter disappointment, struggles, adversity, and difficulty at one time or another.
And, often when those things come our way, we tend to rely on our will-power and strength to rise above them. We grin and bear it. We fake it until we make it. We don't let them see us cry. We pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and continue. We pretend like we're the little engine that could and continue to chug away at the problem.
Inevitably, the engine loses steam, or the tank runs out of gas, and we grow tired and weary. We stumble and fall. We begin to lose hope and can't see beyond our present problems. With our eyes focused on our current circumstances, we fail to recognize the eternal purposes that these problematic moments provide.
Trying to hold things together in our strength allows our world to unravel. As long as we think we can do things on our own, God will let us continue to try. But, the reality is that apart from Him we can accomplish a whole helping of nothing.
Today's passage provides hope for us who are weary, worn-out, and exhausted. He gives us rest. It might not feel like it (trust me) but those moments of exhaustion are divine opportunities to grow our faith and watch God at work. When we are weak God is strong. He provides relief for our frail and feeble legs. Security never comes through striving but submitting and letting go. We don't need more resiliency; we need to rest.
Transformation resides at the end of our self. If we wait on God to renew our strength, which He promises He will do during those moments of weakness, then we get to be strong. We move from a place of weariness into a position of strength. We might be "done," but by trusting in Him, God reminds us that He's not done with us.
What are the things you are trying to accomplish through your strength and might?
Where do you find yourself weary and tired? How can God be strong in the places where you are weak?
God, let me rest in Your strength. Even though chaos might reign, and busyness define my heart, allow me to set my eyes on You and find peace and comfort. Remind me that You have a higher plan for what I'm experiencing - one that involves transforming my heart into Your own. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.