This morning I sat on the side of the mountain looking over Colorado Springs. I felt the cold breeze as it brushed against my skin, and I closed my eyes to take in the moment, and I breathed deeply. There are so many things I have to do today, but running around won't accomplish those things any faster, it will just tire me out quicker.
I was reading Isaiah 40:29-31 and it says, "He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind."
I began to meditate upon what it means to receive fresh strength, and to run and not get tired. It sounds counter intuitive, but resting in the midst of a busy day is what gives us strength to carry on. I could have spent my morning sitting at my desk pouring over the work that's in front of me, but without proper rest I wouldn't be focused and productive. So I took the morning off.
What would it look like for you to set aside your work for maybe an hour and simple rest in the presence of the Lord?
If you are able to step away from what you are doing, I encourage you to go someplace where you can wait on the Lord, and breathe in the moment. If you cannot step away, close your eyes, and picture the most peaceful place you have been. Breath deep. Picture yourself in that place. Allow your body to relax with each exhale.
Today is Monday. Make space this week to rest so that as you wait on the Lord you can feel renewed and receive fresh strength so that you can run and not grow tired this week.