Strength for the Weary

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    On a beautiful, sunny day, I was walking in a park and feeling very weary in spirit. It wasn't just one thing weighing me down-it seemed to be everything. When I stopped to sit on a bench, I noticed a small plaque placed their in loving memory of a "devoted husband, father, brother, and friend." Also on the plaque were these words, "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 40:31 ESV).

    Those familiar words came to me as a personal touch from the Lord. Weariness-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-comes to us all. Isaiah reminds us that although we become tired, the Lord, the everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the earth "will not grow tired or weary" (verse 28). How easily I have forgotten that in every situation "[The Lord] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak' (verse 29).

    What's it like on your journey today? If fatigue has caused you to forget God's presence and power, why not pause and recall His promise. "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (verse 31). Here. Now. Right where we are.
    -David McCasland
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