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Wings Like Eagles

Father, this morning I am weary. I have no one to blame but myself – up a little later than normal last night (and not really for any good reason). And I’ve allowed myself to get into a position where I have no reserve of journal entries upon which to rely. I have enjoyed the freshness of our time together but this morning it has caught up with me. I am bleary-eyed and worn. Normally, at this hour of the morning, I am fresh and ready for the new day – a little rough around the edges on this one.

Lord, I am glad you are far above me and my weakness. I am reminded (by You I am sure!) of a beautiful passage from the book of Isaiah, a wonderful prophet of old.

Isaiah 40:28-31 reads,

28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

Even when we are irresponsible and silly in the way we use the time given us, Lord, when we trust in You, our strength is renewed. Your word tells me that I “will soar on wings like eagles.” I am reminded that when eagles soar they are not doing so in their own strength – they expend a fair amount of energy flapping their wings to the heights but once there they soar. They allow the thermal winds to sustain them.

Lord, may I allow you to sustain me this day. There are many more hours ahead of me, many things to accomplish, many people with whom to interact. And though I am bleary-eyed and worn, help me to rely on the One who “never grows weak or weary.” May I trust You to be the wind beneath my wings. Amen.

Mar 14th, Tue, 5:20 am

To the Work

Oh my, I am struggling this morning, Father. An early and full day at work followed by the special service at Beulah last night sure made getting up a challenge. And even being up, keeping my eyes open has not been entirely successful. But, I know spending time with You is vital to my spirits well-being. Starting off my mornings with You sets the pace and mentality for the day. May I hear you loud and clear.

James 1:27 (<<click here)

Reading this passage brings to mind the old Fanny Crosby hymn, “To the Work”.

To the work! To the work! We are servants of God.
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod.
With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.
Toiling on… Let us hope (and trust) let us watch (and pray)
And labor till the Mater comes.

Lord, I cannot be idle. There are too many hurting and needy people in the world. There are material needs, which is an area we are most apt to respond to – we have resources and share. But there are also social needs – there are over 7 billion people on this planet but many are alone. And most importantly, the spiritual needs of humanity impact us all. We must be “to the work!”

Jesus, help me to “follow the path” that You have trod. May I daily, routinely, be about investing myself in the lives of other – at home, at church, at work, with loved ones, with acquaintances, with adversaries – with any and every one! Fill me with Your wisdom and strength so I may not grow weary of giving myself away.

Aug 21st, Sun, 5:55 am

Determine My Steps

A little later night than usual yesterday, Father, and I am feeling it this morning. But, truly, there is no other place I would rather be than right here, right now. Bless me this day, Father. May Your Holy Spirit guide and direct my every thought and action – my life is in Your hands. Amen, so be it.

Proverbs 3:5-6,

            Trust in the lord with all your heart,
            Do not depend on your own understanding.
            Seek his will in all you do,
            And he will show you which path to take.

Lord, as I sit here thinking of and praying for loved ones, these verses are very applicable. Another verse that comes to mind is from Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.”

Somewhere in the attic is my old NIV Student Study Bible and I am pretty sure that in it, written on an old Post it note, is Proverbs 16:9. I remember having it posted at my desk my freshman year at Mt Vernon Nazarene College. It was important to me then… and is important to me now.

As a follower of You, Lord, this continues to be my heart’s desire. I am grateful that You have fleshed it out in my life. I have made my plans – often seeking Your direction but often also going solely on what I thought best. You know my heart, You know what is best. I am by no means perfect but I truly want to do Your will in my life and regardless of my poor choices, or my bad attitudes and actions, You have determined my steps using the good, the bad and the ugly to make me who I am today.

I may be a little worn and weary. I may have lots of dings, dents and scratches, there may be quite a few miles on this body…and soul… of mine, but You’ve been with me through it all. All I have experienced has made me more able to understand and relate to those with whom I interact with every day – at work, at home and at church. Lord, as I continue to make my plans, please continue to determine my steps. Use me as You will.

Apr 22, Fri, 5:18 am

Bleed Love

Once more, Father, I give this day over to You. Thank You for being at the helm of my life. Yesterday, I know You were with me. You guided my thoughts, enabling me to live out Your will in my life. You enabled me to be kind when I wanted to be short. You helped me side step temptations. You granted my strength when I was weary. I am truly blessed…

Philemon 1-7 (<<click here)

Before Paul brings up the reason for this piece of correspondence with Philemon, he affirms who Philemon is. He is a good guy. He has a reputation of living out Christ’s love. He’s not just a talker – he’s a doer.

Lord, many of us can talk a good talk but when it comes to living it out…it’s not so easy. There are times in even good people’s lives when our goodness seems to wear thin and it would be so much easier to lash out. And what’s crazy is that it doesn’t have to be some major altercation that tempts us to snap.

Just yesterday, a customer was looking for a silver chain and she said something, that for whatever reason, I took exception to. In my heart and mind anger flared up. In reality it was trivial – so trivial that I can’t even bring what she said to mind less than 24 hours after it was said. But Lord, thanks to You, I quickly doused the fire checked my attitude and served her as she deserved, with love and respect.

In this situation goodness prevailed but I’m sorry to say that although this is the norm, that it is not always my response. If I am weary or if my toes get stepped on enough times in a row or for that matter if certain “buttons” get pushed, I can snap and lash out. I can say things that don’t need said. I do things that don’t need done! And once things are said and done they cannot be unsaid and undone.

Lord, I pray that more and more Your love will prevail in my life. Fill me so full of Your love that if I do get poked or prodded that though it may draw blood that all I will bleed is love… being more like You each and every day.

Feb 9th, Tues, 5:52 am

We Need Each Other

Father, Your love for me is more than my finite mind grasp! Thinking of the love between a parent and a child, which in many cases is one of the strongest loves on earth, hardly compares. Of course familial love is a reflection of Your love for us but Your love is so much deeper and far wider. Over and over again we let You down but You never fail to forgive. We hurt You in our disobedience but Your love is a constant! “Amazing Love! How can it be…?” Praise Your Holy Name!

2 Timothy 4:9 (<<click here)

Lord, we always seem to see Paul as one of Your most stalwart followers – strong in his convictions, an individual that we could count on, one we could go to for encouragement and support. He may have consistently emulated You to the world but he was not You – he was only human as am I.

The phrase, “Timothy, please come as soon as you can,” reflects very clearly his humanity. He is weary. He is lonely…and he yearns for Timothy’s companionship – his love, his encouragement, his presence.

Lord, You have created us first of all to need You. You fill the hole in our lives that absolutely nothing else will fill. No matter how hard we work at shoving other things in… But, Jesus, you have also created us to need each other. You are not inhibited by space or time but we surely are. Help me to be the encouragement that I need to be to my family, my friends, my congregants, my fellow workers, any customers and even total stranger who come across my path. I cannot be in all places at all times, as You, but use me to do what I can with Your help and directions. Amen.

Jan 4th, Mon, 6:25 am