Read Isaiah 40:30-31
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. (NLT)
In those times when life doesn’t make much sense and concerns for the future won’t let our minds rest,we can take two courses of action. We can try frantically to wrestle control of life out of the hands of apparent ‘fate’ and try somehow to avoid disaster. Or we can trust that God knows what he is doing and leave life management to him.
Of course such trust doesn’t mean we do nothing. Rather that all we do is in the context of trusting he is overseeing things,that he is empowering us to face whatever we have to face. Our text today reminds us that our own resources are limited,and the key to victory lies not in trying harder but in deeper trust.
This poem by Denise Levertov puts it so well:
As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
into the Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.
A beautiful expression of utter surrender and childlike trust.