28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding is beyond human reach,
29 giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
30 Youths will become tired and weary,
young men will certainly stumble;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will fly up on wings like eagles;
they will run and not be tired;
they will walk and not be weary. Isaiah 40:28-31, CEB
The complete frailty of our humanity has never been a mystery, which makes me wonder: why does it continue to surprise us?
I know we want those wings, but perhaps we are better served remembering that we are often tired and weary. Those wings aren’t achieved through toil and practice – they are gifts that arrive as a by-product of the spiritual discipline of hope. Hope in what? Hope in the Lord.
If you have a pulse, you probably have some hopes around the holiday season. I certainly remember the year that I thought Pete was giving me a microwave but instead he gave me a Nintendo game system! Whoo hoo! When we get a perfect gift or a grand holiday experience – I say rejoice! But know this – there will also be years, perhaps, when a husband gives you…a vacuum cleaner, hypothetically speaking. And the holiday will STILL be merry and bright if we’ve remembered rightly.
Today, before the month gets completely crazy, find a way to help remember rightly. For many of us, this particular Christmas season will have challenges that even the most trendy gift or perfect party cannot heal.