“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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:28-31)
HOW MUCH TRUTH IS IN THAT VERSE?! So thankful He never grows weary or tired because, believe me, I feel like I must exhaust Him at times. It seems like I’m always asking, asking, asking and He is always giving, giving, giving. What a wonderful thought to think of ourselves being able to soar on wings like eagles and running and not growing weary or faint.
Do you find it hard to believe that when you feel so weighted by the things of this life that the possibility of soaring like an eagle seems impossible? The burden feels like a weight tied around your neck and you are dangling over the edge of the ship waiting for the last wave to sweep you overboard where you will never see the light of day again. Life gets like that sometimes. I think almost everyone who speaks honestly can say they have been to the edge of that ship and they were almost hoping to be swept over by the wave just to be done with it and not have to struggle with the burden anymore. Ever feel like that? If so, do you know you are not alone? There is no person on this planet, with some years under their belt, that at some point hasn’t felt overwhelmed by this life.
Thankfully, God has a better plan! Thankfully, God sees the bigger picture! Although we don’t always understand it He is working for our good, even when we can’t understand the “Whys”. He knows all about us, He created us, He is just waiting for us to say, “Ok God – I’m yours – make me want you want me to be.” I do have to say here though that usually that takes hard work. It is never an easy process. It usually comes to us via hard times, heavy burdens and in the places where we are taught to lean fully on God and nothing else.
God’s timing is not our timing. This has always been a hard concept for me. Many times I have asked “If you can do anything then why aren’t you fixing this NOW?” I want everything now. I’m not good at waiting and probably you aren’t either, especially in those dark times when we just want the storm to calm. I have been thinking about this a lot recently, the BIG picture. The only One who sees the entire picture of our life is God. He works so many different things together, just in time, to save us during the storms, to keep us afloat. He is working ALL things together for our good. That is a promise in the Bible: Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. AMEN to that! Where would we be without Him working for our good? I don’t even want to think about it.
There is a song I have known for many years and always liked, but never fully appreciated until I had journeyed through the long dark night. The Anchor, that being God Himself, truly does hold! I am living proof!
The Anchor Holds
By: Ray Boltz
I have journeyed through the long dark night out on the open sea.
By faith alone, sight unknown and yet his eyes were watching me.
The anchor holds though the ship is battered.
The anchor holds though the sails are torn.
I have fallen on my knees as I faced the raging seas,
The anchor holds in spite of the storm.
I’ve had visions, I’ve had dreams, I’ve even held them in my hand.
But I never knew they would slip right through, like they were only grains of sand.
I have been young, but I am older now, and there has been beauty these eyes have seen.
But it was in the night, through the storms of my life,
Oh, that’s where God proved His love to me!
Are you journeying through the long dark night? Are you walking by faith alone? I KNOW that His eyes are watching YOU! Have you had dreams that slipped right through your hands? I KNOW that your Anchor will hold. No matter how battered, no matter how torn, no matter the raging sea, KNOW that the God who is your Anchor will prove His love to you through the storms of your life. He will not let you drown in the raging sea. All you have to do is reach out to Him, take His hand, let Him be your Anchor, your strength. Turn to Him, trust Him and eventually in His time, as He is working all things for your good, He will calm the storm. You can trust Him with your life.
Did you know that He loves you so much He gave His own Son to die on a cross so we could spend eternity with Him? Have you ever loved someone so much you would send your child to die for them, fully knowing they still may not love you in return? It is a love we cannot fathom and we do not deserve, but it is given to us freely if we only will accept it. I am so unworthy, but am so thankful that the God who created me, knows me and loves me enough not to let me stay the way I am, but to keep working on me to make me what He wants me to be. I am just a sinner saved by grace and believe me when I say, “He is still working on me!!!”
Psalm 30:5b says: “….weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
So, until I write again I encourage you to: Be Strong, Stand Firm and Believe in Miracles!
Our God is a God of Miracles!
Count Your Blessings,