by Kara Peck
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 to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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.
I was so excited to have a chance to encourage the lovely women at Heritage with a blog post. I had plenty of time to gather my thoughts… To type out whatever God deemed worthy to give me. I waited and waited. Truth be told I probably even put it off. Why would I do that, when I was so excited to share? I allowed things to get in the way, waiting for divine breadcrumbs of wisdom and encouragement. I didn’t go searching for them as I should have. I began to get down. After all, what did I have to share? What can I encourage anyone with?
I have an arsenal of excuses as to why I procrastinated, why I am unworthy.
I struggle on a daily basis just with the basics. You know how it goes. Clean and cook, read and pray, teach and play. My list is short and simple, but heavy. On some days, it’s longer and heavier. Can I get an amen that it’s hard? I thought you’d agree with me.
I have had a full week battling sickness. Our entire household of six came down with a horrible flu bug. I was able to catch a head cold on top of the flu and had a double whammy of “I want to die!”. Thankfully we got through.
Now it’s down to the wire and I am left scrambling for ideas. I haven’t found the golden ticket of encouragement. That makes me sad. While I struggled and prayed before I typed, I called up the verse I have had rolling around my brain lately. “Run and not be weary… walk and not faint.” I told God all this month I wanted that. I needed it. He didn’t answer my prayer with supernatural strength. He did, however, answer it with encouraging and helpful friends.
I love that the Lord gifted them with strong and broad shoulders, as well as very large ears. What would I do without the encouragement of the extended family I have who are rooted in Jesus, gifted with His strength? My husband is another person to thank for helping me push through. He picked up the slack when I couldn’t. He does a great job and I am so grateful.
As I mulled over the month I had, keeping my eyes open for a spiritual nugget, I found it in hindsight. What I was given is this: keep going!!! You don’t have to do it all on your own – reach out for encouragement. People say the Lord doesn’t give you more than you can bear, but they’re wrong. He bears it, we don’t. He allows struggles so that we go running to Him. Only in Him do we find that unnatural strength not to faint, not to grow weary. I know it feels like we have had it- like we’ve fainted and become weary. But thats our cue to look to Jesus and He will renew your strength, share His with you, and send reinforcements. Keep going, even when it’s tough, mundane, or seems impossible. You can tap into that stamina from the Lord!