By Tiffany Deluccia
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall run and not grow weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
This verse is on my refrigerator right now. You know why? Because we have been in a pressure cooker for months, and God’s word is life.
When the pressure is on, it’s easy to feel stuck. Black tunnel. No glimmer ahead. Tiredness closes in. Mistakes abound. Tears are common.
And the Lord says wait.
I don’t know about you, but waiting isn’t ever my first response to pressure. I want to run, to hide, to give up, to bail out, to do anything but wait for reinforcements so I can keep trudging on.
But the Lord says wait. He wants to give you strength. He wants to give you victory, but you must engage in the battle.
So, here’s where I am today – waiting on the Lord to renew my strength so I can give everything I’ve go to the tasks at hand. With His supernatural ability to run.
I learned a few things from Brad Cooper when I was an intern at the NewSpring Church’s Fuse student ministry back in college, and they have stuck with me. Whenever we were about to enter into a season of high-impact, busy, emotionally draining or otherwise exhausting work, Brad would remind us to eat healthy, prioritize exercise and rest in the Lord. Those three things really help. (I like to add to that list now: Get up early and cut distractions, like social networks and TV.)
What do you do to wait on the Lord and renew your strength?