29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I never realized until somewhat recently just how valuable it was to be weak, and how futile it was to believe I am strong. You see, I went to church on Sundays my whole life. I had it all together. I worked hard. What life tossed at me, I could handle. Then I unexpected had a chance to change my life. This sounded great. Dreams coming true? Bring it on. I took off in a new direction geographically. I hit some major speed bumps on the way to my new life. I didn’t expect that to happen. It was a growth period, but not just in the ways I expected. Seems the Lord had better things for me than the “okay” life I was used to and so there were trees along the wooded path with big roots over which I repeatedly stumbled. I left the woods and walked on pavement in the heat only to find those speed bumps He’d poured. I prayed and lamented. I landed on my butt a few times. I finally looked up and listened. Seems He had been waiting for me to hand over the load I was carrying and allow myself to be weak, yet through Him gain a strength I have never known.
Surrendering is something I’m still learning more and more about, but the more I learn about giving my burdens to the Lord, the more I am amazed that I was so foolish as to think I “had it under control” and the more I realize that I was settling for so much less than He wants to give me! I’ve been stumbling, even now. However, the more I learn to trust Him with my life, the more my soul dances! The deeper my relationship with Him becomes, the more often I “soar on wings like eagles!” What a way to go! Won’t you fly with me?