Last night a precious friend texted me an end-of-the-rope plea: “The stress is winning… Pray for me.”
My reply was a quote from Isaiah:
“Our God does not grow tired or weary;
His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and
increases the power of the weak …
Those that wait upon the Lord will
rise on wings like eagles.”
This morning I am humbled and embarrassed by my perpetual forgetfulness. But, you see, it’s human nature. This passage that I quoted to my dear friend is preceded by a similar reminder:
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth!”
Sometimes — like last week — we quickly forget all we know. Remember Elijah? He did it too! The Israelites (for whom Isaiah’s words were first intended) forgot who was caring for them, and we can do the same thing. We’ll spout truths about God’s faithfulness and bottomless well of strength, then freak out over having to wait a measly two weeks for a burden to be lifted. We’ll spend the morning praising God for the wonderful house He gave us, then fill the afternoon with curses because the previous homeowners sold us a feeble construction of crooked sticks and half-finished projects. We’ll complain about all the frenzied details that surround us, completely forgetting in Whose hand we sit.
That’s when Isaiah jumps off the pages of Scripture with these rhetorical questions.
Hello?! Is anybody home? Have you not witnessed all the great things our God has done for you??
For all of you who were worried about me last week, I’m okay. Just a touch thick-headed and very, very forgetful.