Hey, my friend. How are you really doing this week?
Between you and me, I’m feeling a wee bit soul-weary. It’s about waiting for life to settle into a normal that allows us to visit family.
My daughter and son-in-law just bought their first home and will move in this week. Sailor-Man and I were really hoping to celebrate this major accomplishment with them by helping them paint and do other tasks related to their move. But that’s not to be. The Canada/USA border will remain closed until late July at least.
The whole world has been living under unusual stress for months. The brain and the body can absorb only so much. When I’m physically tired, I take a walk. Even ten minutes at a moderate pace works wonders. When I’m feeling soul-weary, I listen to praise and worship music on my walks. I also turn focused attention to God’s promises. Here are two that have blessed me this week.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10NIV).
It’s beautiful, yes? Knowing that God holds me in His hand renews my inner strength and hope. But it becomes even more meaningful when read within the context of the preceding chapter.
Isaiah 40:12 says, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”
The One who promises to hold us and strengthen us is the same One who cradles the world’s oceans in His palm. He gathers the earth’s dust into a basket and weighs all the mountains and hills on a scale. There is nothing He cannot do. Everything is possible for Him. No wonder we needn’t fear! My mind cannot comprehend such magnitude. The thought of His being aware of my weariness and promising to lend a hand humbles me.
As strong as God is, He is also gentle. Isaiah 40:11says, “He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his hear. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” The same hands that hold the seas carry us close to the Father’s heart. He cares.
If you’re feeling a wee bit soul-weary today, be encouraged. You’re in God’s hands, and there’s no better place.
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