Often, I enjoy reading, reflecting on and journaling insights I gain from scripture. The other day, I spent some time in Isaiah 40:26-31 (click to read) and appreciated these gifts as I wait on the Lord:
- 25-26 – I too often lose sight of your majesty and immensity, Father. Your personal care of the countless stars is impressive. And then to think that Your personal care for each of our lives is even more dear to your heart. I forget. Forgive me.
- 27 – When I allow my feelings of being forgotten to swell, I lose track of who God really is. I’m tempted to think that certain current events or outcomes are evidence for Your inattentiveness in my life. This is never true. I forget. Forgive me.
- 28a – “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” These questions serve to awaken my forgetful heart and mind to the reality of God continually and caringly present to me. I hear them more in a tone of compassion than impatience.
- 28b – God never gets tired of paying attention to me.
- 29 – In fact, God’s strength overflows to our need out of a surplus of strength and power. Our needs invite God’s resources.
- 30 – At our best, we may still lose heart, get tired, and stumble.
- 31 – When we put our hope in the Lord, we become refreshed in weary places, strong in drained places, alert in faint places. These are gifts of God to us.