I don’t know if it’s to do with the time of the year or some other reason, but lots of people who I know feel really tired. I know several people who are dreading Christmas and all the preparation it can involve.
Are you tired? Do you feel overloaded? If that is how you feel, then Isaiah 40 has some helpful words.
28 Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint
God is all powerful and he doesn’t grow tired. When we are overwhelmed and exhausted, it is good to know that we are coming to God who doesn’t get tired. When we can’t get past barriers, it is good to remember that we are coming to the God who cannot be contained and who can break through in any situation.
We are coming to God who designed and created us. The creation story in the Bible reminds us that we need rest and it is helpful to remember this when we are tired. Sometimes we are exhausted because we have overdone it and we all need to hear the voice of our designer who encourages us to rest and to achieve a good work life balance.
No one can measure the depths of God’s understanding. God understands everything including who we are, how we are feeling, what is going on around us and what is going to happen next. He is uniquely placed to lead us forwards when we are feeling overwhelmed. Years ago I was lost in a maze and someone shouted from a bridge and asked if I wanted directions. From their vantage point they could see the way clearly when I could only see hedges. I felt trapped but they saw the way forward. I listened to them and found the way out. God has a unique vantage point and understanding and I want to be led by him.
Everyone gets tired sometimes. One of my favourite film quotes of all time is when aunt May says to Peter Parker (he’s Spiderman but don’t tell anyone): ‘You do too much… You’re not Superman, you know’. If even Spiderman can’t do everything then perhaps we need to accept that neither can we. Everyone gets tired and we need to accept that we can’t everything!
God can give us power and strength. In the recent Transformers film we find Optimus Prime in disguise as an old and battered truck. Optimus is damaged and out of power but when he is plugged in to recharge his restoration begins. If we feel battered, bruised and damaged by what we face, God wants to remind us that we can plug into him. He can give power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Will we trust in the Lord? It is only when we plug into God that we can receive his miraculous strength. What are we plugging into to receive strength? What are we trusting in to keep us going? The crazy thing is that many Christians say they trust in God but in reality they turn to other things for rest, restoration and renewal. Will we trust in God for everything?
When we trust in God and receive from him then we can soar like eagles. Eagles fly effortlessly in strong wind, if you watch the short video below you will see what I mean. An eagle can glide and soar because of the wind and while they rely on it they will fly. While they stretch their wings to harness the wind they can fly. If they flap their wings a lot they will get tired and crash! God wants to be the wind that sustains and empowers us to get through life.
Are you a flapper? Are you worn out? Is it time to trust in and to rely on God to empower you? Let’s admit when we are tired and call on God to strengthen us.