“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 40:29-31)
I love these verses from Isaiah.They give a beautiful picture of how life is for those who hope in the Lord. But is it a picture that I can identify with? For those of us with chronic illness of any type, is it still a promise for us?
Most days I feel that I barely make it through the day, only sometimes do I even feel I have the strength to do the things I must – and rarely any more. I cannot run anymore and some days, even walking tires me. I don’t fly, or feel that I soar (except maybe in a plane!) and most of the time I feel weary.
But God is my strength. He is the hope of my life each day as I drag myself out of bed. I can still cling to the hope I have in the Lord, the fact that God has a plan for my life and that He gives me the strength to do what He calls me to do.
That may not be to run, to fly, or to soar – it may not even be anything that seems very much to someone else, but God has shown me how the little things that may not need a lot of physical effort, can still make a difference in the lives of others, and in my life too.
It says that God gives strength to the weary and power to the weak. That is for us too, even though we may be limited physically, God can give us strength and power in other ways. He is our strength and He is all powerful.
On the days where I feel I have no energy, I want to be clinging to the promises in these verses – and the hope that one day I will eternally soar like the eagles.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She knows that only with God’s strength does she make it through each day with chronic pain. She loves finding time for writing, reading, travel and photography.
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