The past two weeks have allowed me the privilege of spending every day with two different sets of ministry coworkers and friends. We’ve walked together, shared meals, brainstormed and laughed and prayed together. I found it interesting that so many shared how they entered the new year feeling exhausted.
One woman lost her mom a few weeks ago and she’s struggling with grief. Another had just finished moving from the house she loved into an apartment after experiencing a divorce she didn’t want. Another felt exhausted from ever-increasing work responsibilities. Several are soul-weary from the weight of watching their kids make negative life-altering decisions.
I relate to their weary. After returning from the Middle East, our family dove into mid-December Christmas celebrations. The day after spending a weekend with our kids and grandkids (which was totally wonderful!), a virus hit me in the chest and laid me flat. As a result, I also entered the new year feeling exhausted.
I’m grateful that I finally feel back to my normal self. Even more, I’m grateful for the promise God gives to those who feel weary for whatever reason. Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Our heavenly Father knows when we’re tired, and He offers strength. New strength. New strength for every day.
We don’t have to wake up in the morning and wonder how we’ll get through the day. We don’t have to draw from yesterday’s leftover mental, emotional, and physical energy. We are the recipients of God’s endless power, and His strength storehouse never empties.
Are you weary today? Worn out from last year’s challenges or new ones that have come your way since January 1? Draw from God’s bottomless well of strength, my friend. Talk to Him throughout your day. Thank Him for His presence and promises. Open your heart and receive His love and power. He will deliver on His promise to give new strength for every challenge you face.