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     Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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. Isa. 40:28-21 (ESV)

Dear heavenly Father, there’s nothing major going on—no foreboding issues in front of me, or recent disappointments dogging me. I’m just feeling a bit tired and “blah-ish,” as this day begins. So this Scripture comforts me on many levels. First of all, I’m glad to be reminded that even youths get faint and weary, and young men get exhausted, because I’m neither a youth nor a young man. So thanks for the freedom to accept my limitations and humanity—a freedom I need to access more regularly.

But more importantly, Father, I’m thankful for what this passage reminds me about you. You are tireless in your care, everlasting in your mercies, and generous with your grace. You anticipate our weakness and meet us right there. When we get worn-out, you don’t roll your eyes and call us “couch potatoes,” but beloved children.

Father, thanks for your promise to renew our strength. Thanks for the calling to wait on you, and not simply get up and get busy. Since you have perfect understanding, I will quiet myself before you, and let you refresh my heart and replenish my resources. With the gospel at my core, I don’t feel any condemnation or guilt, just the need for a less busy, quieter, distraction-less stretch of a few days. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ kind and powerful name.

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