Restored and Renewed (19-05-21)
Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:28-31
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 wait on 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.
Many people today are feeling weary. Weary after more than twelve months of lockdown, anxiety, uncertainty, isolation, home-schooling, mask-wearing and social-distancing, to name but a few.
Anxiety in itself can be very wearisome, regularly searching for updates on the current situation, always looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, but the lack of physical contact with friends and family has made it difficult to share the load and relieve the anxiety.
In spite of the weariness, I think we can all look beyond our personal inconvenience. We can all see the bigger picture and appreciate the necessity for the changes we have had to make in order to try to bring the pandemic under control. As we look to India and even to Europe, I think we are all grateful for the UK’s vaccination programme.
But, in our weariness, let us also look even beyond the global situation. Let us remind ourselves of the words of Isaiah and look to our Everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth, and let us try to get his perspective on things.
Within the scope of God's everlasting love and the sheer breadth of eternity, our small inconveniences might seem like a mere hiccup.
As we look to him we will see a God who never tires of us, a God who always understands us and yet a God who will always remain beyond our understanding.
This is the God who calls us to wait on him in order to renew our strength and to dispel our weariness, and to soar on wings like eagles.
Waiting on God can turn a time of anxiety into a time of renewal. Let us wait on the Lord and put our hope in him.
Lord, I come to you in my weariness.
Help me to see with your eyes, that my strength might be renewed.
Lord, I came to you.