Friday, December 11th Isaiah 40:26-31

Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:26-31

Driving home in Houston traffic is quite the experience. I love to drive and I’ve driven all over the country. So I know that there are only a few places that rival the sheer mass of car payments that clutter the roads of Houston during “rush three hours.”

As a former pastor of a suburban parish, I often thought about what a mark it left on the lives of the people I served knowing that many spent at least 45 minutes every morning, and 45 minutes every evening, crawling through bumper to bumper traffic. Snarling, cursing, accelerating, braking, swerving, stopping again and again. Every work day began and ended with a vehicular wrestling match.

The anxiety of knowing you had to get to work to PRODUCE could only have been compounded by that drive. The guilt at having been away from the family all day sat next to you in the car at home right next to a “to do at home” list that you knew full well couldn’t be “ta done” before crashing exhausted into bed only to do it all over again the next day.

Not to mention how much worse it gets when it rains, or gets icy, or you look ahead to see the ominous signs of blinking yellow lights and the curse of road construction.

So it is that the faint, the powerless, and the exhausted wonder why they feel so spiritually empty so much of the time. Human beings are limited. We only have so much energy, so much time, so much perspective, and it all has limits. We grow faint and weary and sometimes we forget on the way what the drive is all about.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? There IS one who does not faint or grow weary. He created the stars but is not merely found out among them. He knows the way to the ends of the earth but even that can not separate him from knowing us intimately, personally, and loving us just the same.

The invitation here is to wait with patience. The invitation is to extend the invitation to the One who reminds us who we are and whose we are and the real journey we travel each day. Wait for this One, wait with this One, for the promise is sure.

He shall renew our strength, that we might do what needs to be done and leave the rest to itself. We shall run and not be weary. We shall walk and not faint. We will make the best of the time we have for it is the only time we have.

We’ll turn off the radio and sing. We’ll let others merge into our lane. We’ll share the journey with others and rejoice.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, it is so easy to get discouraged and feel undone by the burdens of all that challenge us as we make our way through life. Give us the grace to turn to you, not only when we are at the end of the line but even at the beginning of each day of the journey. That we might draw strength from your power and live. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

One Response to “Friday, December 11th Isaiah 40:26-31”

  1. Randy Hanson Says:

    For years now you devotions have meant a great dal to me and my family. Now being retired and living close to my daughter and their children I only have a short drive to experience the simple love from a child.

    I thank you for your devotions and the time you give to share with us your love for Christ.

    Have a blessed Merry CHRISTmas and a Blessed New Year where you are able to continue your gift.

    God loves you and so do I.

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