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Listen while you read: "Praise The Saviour Ye Who Know Him"1 (Lyrics)
Isaiah 40:31 – 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. (NRSV)
The crisp chill of winter has bid its farewell where I live in Bochum, Germany. In its place, spring has heralded its arrival, with fresh breezes rippling through grasses scattered with colourful bursts of daffodils, awakening the world from its frosty slumber.
I have embraced this change of season by making my first attempts at gardening. For the last three years, I have been in convalescence from burnout and depression. Consequently, fighting fatigue, fear, and low mood has been a daily struggle. Recently, however, I have felt strong enough to venture outdoors. Being in the fresh air, with the rich, dark earth sifting through my fingers and the sun caressing my face, is extremely therapeutic. While I work, I thank God for His goodness, and I trust Him with further improvement in my health in His perfect timing.
Yesterday, the cheerful chittering of birdsong drew me outside to the garden. As I drank my morning coffee, watching the swallows flying above me, I was fascinated by their dipping and soaring. I saw a similarity between my feathered friends and myself: Just as the birds rely on the air to keep them airborne, so, too, will I continue to put my life in God's hands.
Furthermore, as I wait in faith, God will continue to renew my strength until I, too, like the birds, will soon mount my wings and triumphantly soar, fully recovered and ready to start a new, exciting chapter of my life under the loving provision of the Lord.
Friends, if circumstances have left you feeling weak, spend time with God today, and rest in His presence. Have faith in Him as you wait with hope and expectation, and He will renew your strength. You will be able to find joy in life again, regardless of its challenges, because you are lifted like an eagle to soar with God's might and power!
Prayer: Precious and loving Father, thank You that when we are weak, we can find refuge in You. Teach us to wait faithfully in Your presence, while You strengthen us in Your perfect timing. Amen.