As we head into the fall season, we take a few minutes to rest and reflect on the year that has transpired.
There is no doubt that we find ourselves weary, tired, and ready for a break from the pandemic season.
Our lives were disrupted in ways we could not have imagined, yet we see the faithfulness of God throughout this season.
On Sunday, I watched a past discuss what he did on his sabbatical. He,
During his sabbatical, the Lord gave him an opportunity to heal emotionally and spiritually from a life-changing situation.
The Lord allowed him to renew himself for ministry, and he recommitted to the next years of ministry as the Lord directed.
As the pandemic grew, his church gave away millions of dollars to help members of their congregation, the local community, and the global mission.
While they gave, their storehouses were renewed. He said we gave away millions, and our bank account has more than when we started.
The world would have us think that the pandemic is all bad, and no doubt, there are over 200,000 families that have lost people due to the pandemic. However, the Lord has also brought hundreds of thousands of people to Himself because of the pandemic.
Today, be encouraged by the words from Isaiah,
“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.”Isaiah 40:31
You might be weary. I am.
You might feel faint. I sometimes due when the stress of life gets to me.
But we need to hope in the Lord and fix our eyes on Him who gives us strength.
He is the one who gives us our strength. When we lose our focus, rest in the knowledge that He is God, and He will sustain you.
If you feel tired, weak, faint, hopeless, stressed out, or somewhere in between, cast your eyes on Him and let Him renew you.
If you feel awesome, say a little prayer for all those who are feeling the pandemic’s weight.
Prayer: Lord, please give us the strength to meet the needs of today. Thank you for the comfort we find in the words of Isaiah. Please help us to soar today and turn our cares and burdens over to you. Amen!