“Those 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 40:31
Dear Saints, What are you waiting for? If you’re like me, you’re waiting for winter to be over. Others of you may be waiting for your next day off or for your upcoming vacation time. Some of us are waiting for test results or a second opinion. Still others are waiting for a sign to point them in the right direction. We’re all waiting for something. That’s just the nature of being human – we think about what’s next and wait for what is to come.
Isaiah 40:31 is a favorite Scripture memory verse: “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” What an image! Wouldn’t we all love to fly like an eagle? And we believe and trust that God will redeem us, and one day lift us up beyond all earthly limitations and give us new life, which will be beyond all imagination. But the verse does not simply say that we will soar like eagles. It says that this gift is for those who “wait for the Lord.” (Another translation says “hope in the Lord.”) So what Isaiah is saying is that the strength of the Lord comes to those who set their sights on God.
We await or look forward to so many things. But all the while, our sights should be set on God. As I await the end of cold winter weather, my sights should be set on the one who warms the heart, even in the coldest season. Those awaiting time off should set their sights on the ways God is showing up in the here and now (even on the days of drudgery). Someone waiting for test results should set their sights on the God who shows up with healing, even in the unknown. And someone waiting for direction should set their sights on how God is at work preparing us in the “in-between” times.
No matter what we’re looking forward to, God is with us. No matter what we’re waiting for, God is our hope. And whether or not that day or that answer or that decision comes, God will renew us, will lift us up, and God will grant us the grace to soar as on eagles’ wings.
+ Pastor Ginger +