“Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
In coffee lines, at the drive-thru, as the clock ticks towards 5pm on a work day, or the days before a woman’s due date, we are all waiting for something. Sometimes, our waiting is physical, but realistically, almost of all of our spiritual lives are spent waiting. We are waiting for healing, waiting for an open door, waiting for God to show us what to do next, we are waiting for Heaven to call us home.
A physical season spent waiting can be exhausting, but Isaiah chapter 40 and verse 31 reminds us that when we wait for the Lord we gain, mount up, run, and walk.
Waiting often feels like a loss because its emptiness is deep and the waiting causes our wanting to pang against our hollowness. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “…Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”. But, why does waiting make us feel weak?
It wasn’t until I began to look to Jesus more than the object of my wait that I found true strength to rise above difficulties, challenges, and desire. We aren’t taught the artfulness of leaning on God in Bible classes when we’re young. More often than not, we stumble through life finding the steadfast shoulder of Christ reliable enough to lean on in all circumstances.
Jesus gives us wings so we can fly high and soar through any season of waiting and land safely into His rest. Do you need wings to get from here to there? May the God of all power strengthen you and restore any weariness you face in your moments of in between. Remember, wings are made for flying so fly high in faith over any difficulty you have and as you wait on the Lord.