a second wind

It’s one of those days. I want to run. I want to fly, to soar. But I can’t even put one foot in front of the other without collapsing in complete exhaustion. I need to be sprinting, but I’m not even walking. My feet feel glued to the ground, unable to move. Is this what the expression “feet of clay” refers to? But it’s not just my feet that feel heavy today – it’s my heart, my mind and my spirit. This is an overall weariness I’m experiencing and it has caught me quite unawares.

Maybe I didn’t realize how much I’ve been carrying around. I’ve allowed it to accumulate over time. Eventually, it all becomes too much to bear and I find myself crushed under the weight of the cares of the world, unable to move forward. What to do? These words of the psalmist come to mind – seems like he might have felt like I do now when he said,

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your (my) coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

The psalmist was weary, but when he looked up to see God’s creation surrounding him, he was reminded of God’s watchful care over him at all times. I am too. Guess I need to look up more often when I am down. Just seeing the sunrise this morning, reminded me of God’s inescapable presence presiding over all things. I don’t have to carry the weight of the world around with me, God is already carrying it easily for all of us, including me. When I forget this, I end up carrying needless burdens with me as I run my race. No wonder I am weary and worn out. I need to take my Heavenly Father up on His gracious offer every day, you know the one where He invited me to –

“Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Other translations say I can give God my “worries” or “anxieties” but you get the picture – the things that weigh me down, I can give to God. He has invited me to do this so that I can run the race marked out for me, free from these added burdens. It’s not that there isn’t plenty for me to be worried or anxious about these days. In fact, it seems to me there is an overabundance of things that could concern or worry me. But my Heavenly Father is saying to me, “I’ve got this! You don’t have to be anxious, My child.” He also reassures me saying –

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Do I believe Him? Am I willing to surrender all of my fears and anxieties, the things that are weighing me down and making me so weary, am I willing to hand all these wearisome burdens over to His sovereignty? If I could trust Him with my cares, my load would be lighter and I bet I could finally run this race with the gracefulness, the lightness of foot, (and of heart and spirit) the purpose, the power and the joy with which I was meant to run this race all along.

Today I am feeling weighed down, enveloped by an overwhelming weariness. Then I read these words from Isaiah 40:28-31 –

“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. . . . 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.”

There it is – the promise from my Heavenly Father that I need to receive today. “He gives strength to the weary” – that’s me! “increases the power of the weak” – that’s me too! When I accept His invitation to cast all my cares on Him and when I put my hope in Him alone – a miracle occurs! The weight of the world is lifted off my shoulders and my weariness dissipates as if it had never been. No longer heavy of foot or heart or mind or spirit, I find that I can not only walk, but run – and not only can I run but I can soar – my spirit has been given wings, the wings of hope – a gift God alone gives to those who trust in Him.

thank You, Lord, for today’s miracle – You took all my cares upon Yourself, setting me free to walk, to run, to soar for You – and to finish this race strong, as I run it with the strength You give me moment by moment until the race is won.

sincerely, Grace Day

One thought on “a second wind

  1. It seems we all have days like what you’ve described where you just feel weary and tired from life and the stresses of the world taking its toll on us. Thank God for all the ways God reminds us….whether it be a beautiful sunrise or sunset, seeing beautiful flowers, a text from a friend, reading God’s Word and a verse specifically speaks to us as God’s holy spirit communes with us or any number of things big or small that God uses to get our focus back on him rather than the storm like Peter faced when he took his eyes off Jesus. If we will just look at him, the calm will come.

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