Words from the Heart for Thursday May 27th, 2021
He gives strength to those who are tired. He gives power to those who are weak…But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.
Isaiah 40:29, 31 (NIrV)
Those Who are Tired
Some of Canada’s doctors are feeling high levels of fatigue and anxiety one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by the Canadian Medical Association, and concern over the country’s vaccine rollout was listed as one of the main reasons. The CMA survey, conducted on 1,648 practicing physicians who responded between February 18 and 22, found 69 per cent felt an increase in fatigue over the last year, with 65 per cent experiencing anxiety around the pandemic.
Fatigue is debilitating. We have all experienced that kind of total exhaustion where its difficult to put one foot in front of the other, or our eyes are burning and demanding that we close them and fall off into beautiful sleep. There is much in our lives that can exhaust us. Jesus understood this – He was fully human when He lived His life on this planet for over three decades. The Gospels record times when He sought rest in a boat, or up on a mountainside. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that He has given us promises of rest. In Isaiah 41:29 and 31 for example, we read this: “He gives strength to those who are tired. He gives power to those who are weak…But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.” God gives His people supernatural strength. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get the rest we need and guard our sleep carefully. But when He calls us to challenging things, He promises that He will supply all the energy and power we need to accomplish His will.
These have been words from the heart.