Question: Do you ever get run down or emotionally tired? In many cases this leads to being spiritually tired? If you do, don’t feel alone, as this is very common.
When we are tired we then tend to lose our way. We lose perspective. We lose our focus. We lose our passion. We may even lose sense of who we are in Christ.
As a result we may begin to drift…..
Away from reading the Bible.
We may stop going to church.
Or we may even enter into a spiritual depression….almost losing hope that God is there working in our life. To this reality God give us some encouragement….
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.” Isaiah 40: 29-31
An eagle can live 30 or more years. When they are 4-5 years old they go through a “molting period.” A shedding and regrowth of their wings and feathers. The shedding process often involves the eagle “picking at” their old, dried out feathers, and extracting them from their body. This process can last up to four months.
During this time they stay down close to the ground—unlike what they are made to do- as they fly higher than other birds. They don’t have the energy or strength to even fly or hunt. It’s like they lose hope and they enter an almost like depression like state.
The good news is that their “brothers and sisters” soar above them and hunt for then and literally drop food down to them to keep them rejuvenated.
On the other side of this molting process they mature, and they become stronger and more alive than they were before.
In this Scripture God offers us hope and renewal.
Do you have a renewal process? And in that renewal process are you connected to brothers and sisters who can watch over you and even provide for you the spiritual and emotional food you may need?
In the Scriptures God offers us hope, knowing our frailty.
Hope lifts us.
Hope encourages us.
Hope give us courage.
Hope renews us…and prepares us to be renewed.
Hope lets us know that there is something beyond this circumstance and something beyond our feelings.
Our challenge then is to first be infused with hope, live into hope, and offer hope.