Scripture: Isaiah 40:31
“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.”

At Christmas time, I received a mug from a colleague with the command, “Choose Hope.” During a valley in the fall of 2020, I was given a wooden sign with a red heart above the word, “HOPE ” from a dear friend. To what circumstances and to whom am I counting on for hope? There is so much transpiring in our personal and professional lives in which we have zero control of the onset and the outcome. Not all the happenings are negative, but it sure is difficult to shift our focus when the things keep coming.

When exploring the context of this verse, I learned the previous chapters were filled with guidance and expectations. Chapter 31 is encouraging, and it points directly to our source of strength. It is clear we will not renew our strength through the offerings of the world. Yes, there are healthy avenues for restoration found in our world, but the Lord is the ultimate provider and the only true wellspring of energy and stability. The prophet Isaiah even gives us comparisons so we can visualize the type of strength found in the Lord.

At this moment, I cannot say I am soaring, and I would describe myself as a bit weary. It is the end of another busy week. I will also admit it is eleven o’clock in the morning, and I have not asked for His strength, but I will right now. I am uplifted by the reminder of His promise to us. How often do I trudge through the issues with all kinds of questions and potential solutions swarming in my head. I can pause and ask the one who can and will. I challenge you to write this verse in a location you frequently visit. Perhaps the lockscreen of your phone could use an update. What about the wallpaper on your laptop, the sticky on your desk, or the note magnetized to your refrigerator? I think you get the point. I am going to do this. Will you join me?

Lord, I would like to soar! Help us get to a place in our relationship with You where we can run without the fear of weakness. Your powerful hands will support us every step of the way if we hope in You.

Author: Megan Ahern