Rest that Renews

"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." - Isaiah 40:29-31

Impatience sometimes is the key to my undoing. When I become impatient I start to rush around. I get frustrated, and things begin to fall apart more quickly than when I slow down. It's easy to become impatient especially when I'm tired, and running on very little energy. There have been so many times in my life where I have wished that God would "hurry up" because I want to do things on my time. 

When eagles are born, they stay in the nest about three months before they take flight. But eagles learn to fly even before then. They hone in on their skills by exercising their wings in the nest or a nearby branch. Eagles are slow to move because if an eagle tries to fly too soon, it can lead to great danger. So they wait, the exercise, and slowly practice their skills. Once an eagle takes flight, it still remains close to home for a while until it is ready to leave.

When we rush through life, we are more likely to run into danger than if we slow down and move at a pace where we become more observant of our surroundings. Slowing down allows us to listen for God’s voice, and when we wait upon God, we open ourselves up to receive fresh strength.

What ways can you begin to move more slowly this week? Practice slowing down, and observe what changes for you.