Saturday – March 14
I’m in Everett, Washington as I write this. It’s only 7:15 a.m., so morning is just beginning to break outside. The group for which I’m speaking this weekend made reservations for me in a hotel overlooking a marina. The empty berths are waiting expectantly for summer sailboats to drift in and take up residence. The seagulls are singing wake-ups calls as they soar on the breeze. Reminds me of living on Quadra Island.
This morning I read a verse quoted by the worship leader at last night’s session. “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NLT).
Those words were especially meaningful to me, probably because of the new message I’m preparing for our IM missionary women, to be presented in a couple of weeks. The focus is Hebrews 12:12, 13: “So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.”
Sometimes we feel spiritually/emotionally fatigued. Discouragement strikes. Worries overwhelm us. We doubt our effectiveness, and sometimes we wonder if God has temporarily forgotten about us. When we feel this way, we’re told not to succumb but to be brave and courageous. We’re to take a new grip with our tired hands and stand firm on shaky legs. That sounds good, but how do we do that?
By waiting on the Lord. This means meditating on His promises rather than on our problems. Focusing on His face rather than on our foes. Pouring out our heart to Him rather than to our best friend, and making time in His Word a priority. When we do these things, we’re able to navigate life with courage and strength. And those coming behind us who are weak and lame – either floundering in their faith or simply needing help for their journey – will also be strengthened.
How’s your grip? How’s your stance? If weariness has set in, I’d like to encourage you to wait on the Lord. Your strength will be renewed and your courage restored, and those watching you will also benefit.
Blessings, my friend.