January and February are difficult months for me. The days are cold and still short so I don’t go on as many walks, there isn’t much to look forward to, and it is the middle of the homeschool year where motivation is low. On a good year, there are days when I am just weary. And after almost a year of pure craziness in our world, I’m even more weary of it all.
Whether because I get busy or lack motivation, I also find it easy to get out of my habit of spending time with God in the Word by skipping a day here and there. Why do I forget so easily that this is what gives me strength and brings me joy?
Things that help me stay on track are having a Bible study to work through and going back to beloved verses, usually ones I’ve memorized. This week, as I study Psalm 103, I have been looking at the benefits of being God’s child – He:
forgives all my sin,
heals all my diseases,
redeems my life from the pit,
crowns me with love and compassion, and
satisfies my desires with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Wait, what? My youth is renewed like the eagle’s? This reminded me of Isaiah 40:28-31.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
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.
Each summer, I get to observe eagles when I spend time at a cabin on a lake. Eagles flap their wings to get up into the air, but they also spend a lot of time soaring. When eagles are soaring, they are catching the wind and do not need to flap and exert energy.
God does not grow weary and in fact, He is the one who gives strength to the weary. When He is my strength, and because of the benefits of all He does for me, I can soar on the wind of God’s grace and not grow weary!
But this only works if I hope in the LORD.
There is help for the weary. Let’s put our hope in Jesus Christ so that we can soar on the wind of God’s grace, renew our strength and find rest for our souls in Him! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
My encouragement to you this week (and always) is to hope in Christ (in his Word) and to find rest in His grace. Let’s soar!