Yet those who wait for the Lord
will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. (NASB)
I have multiple fractures in my left leg bones. I have rods and plates and screws holding my bone fragments together. I’m bionic. However,
Running isn’t an option for me right now.
But I dream of running.
Walking wasn’t even an option until just a short time ago–my mode of transport was a wheelchair or hopping on one leg and using a walker for support. Although the accident was months ago, I tire easily. I am weary of trying so hard to accomplish the most basic household tasks. It feels like my entire body atrophied from the constant rest that trauma recovery requires.
But I hope for the day I can walk through the waking hours and not become weary. And I hope for the sprint I run to the end of our road with my short-legged Corgi.
I know I’ll be gulping for air, muscles burning, but I will run again.
I can see it in my mind. I can feel the searing breath that fills my lungs. I can feel the working muscles, the “good” sore that comes from working hard.
Sometimes life seems a battle and every a turn presents and uphill climb. I get spiritually defeated, battle-weary, run aground.
But hope calls from around the corner. And the fresh-air spirit of Christ fills my soul and I forget to be worn and tired. My spirit walks, runs, even flies, to the source of my strength, my promise, my Lord.
Hope is the winged creature that carries us in faith. Hope is the burning light that leads us on. Hope is whispering, “Don’t give up. Keep on a little longer!”.
When it’s tempting to give up, Hope says, “Wait for the Lord!
“There will be a day that isn’t wearying. There is a race to run and you will endure on my never-ending strength.”
As you enter the weekend, and this busy, final month of the year, listen for the clear voice of Hope calling to you. What makes you weary? What makes you too tired to take another step? Wait on the Lord and look to him for strength. He will strengthen you and give you wings instead of walking shoes.