Isaiah 40: 28-31
40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. God does not faint or grow weary; The Holy One’s understanding is unsearchable.
40:29 God gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
40:30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
40:31 but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Reflection from Spiritual Director – Francie Thayer
The older I get, the more this scripture exhausts me… The thought of running or walking and not having weariness be real enough for me to stop stretches long as a most undesirable situation! Something’s got to come along to allow me to stop doing ,doing, doing, all the time. I like resting. I prefer being.
But in the silence of listening with my heart—which is the core of Lectio Divina—God gave me a precious gift. It was the word “wait.” The key piece to this unending energy gifted to me by God is not the doing that results from exercising the energy but the waiting that happens first.
Those who wait for the Lord….
Which means I have to slow down, stop even, and wait…. wait…. which likely includes listening…
It is in the waiting that the strength is gathered. It is in God’s timing that the running and walking will be empowered. So rather than worry about accomplishing and completing things according to some worldly, urgent timetable, I am delighted to let first things be first. Wait… and see what God will give. Wait… and see what God invites. Wait…. wait… and all will be well.