Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good Word

Thursday is our church's mid-week study. We just got back and I had to share the good Word we received tonight! We are currently studying through the book of Genesis on Thursday nights (we are in Matthew on Sundays). We have been studying the life of Abraham. We finished chapter 21 with Abraham planting a grove and calling on the name of Lord, the everlasting God. From here we jumped over to the book of Isaiah Chapter 40:26-31. Verse 28 says, "Hast thou not known? has thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding." Verse 29: "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. v.30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: v.31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Our God is a God of power. Our God gives us Himself. We are being conformed to the image of His Son Jesus, our Lord and King. He gives us of Himself so that as we...work really hard and run around like a chicken with our heads cut off? Ahhh, no. As we wait upon the Lord we... might, maybe, someday if we're lucky, renew our strength? Ahhh, no.
As we wait upon the Lord we shall renew our strength, mount up on wings like eagles, running without weariness, ah, but here is the kicker: (drum roll please) WALK and not faint.

What in the world is so remarkable about walking? Nothing. Nobody stops in their tracks to admire someone pushing their cart through a grocery store. There are no headlines for walking across the room to throw away a diaper. Unless you have been seriously injured, you don't train for hours every day to walk through your life. You mastered it at the age of two most likely and haven't given it much thought since. Walking is at best thoughtless, at worse boring. In other words, incredibly ordinary. It's the ordinary that drives me crazy and makes me restless. Get up, shower, feed the kids, wash the dishes, turn around feed the kids again, wash the dishes again, start planning for cooking... again, wash more dishes, fall in bed exhausted. Do it again tomorrow. My days haven't looked like this recently. But I remember the "trenches" days. Life when we had three children ages four and under. It's exhausting. It's hard to see the big picture and to keep being faithful to the ordinary, little tasks God calls us to perform as if unto Him.

But God honors those seemingly insignificant sacrifices mothers offer up all day long, all across the globe. Sacrifices of time, sleep, sanity. Sacrifices of prayers, heartache, compassion. When we call upon Him and wait for Him, He renews our strength and gives us what we need to "keep on keeping on".

When He gives of Himself to us and we experience His profound reality we can be as the psalmist and "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5

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