“Soaring Hope”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, February 22, 2022 comes to us from Kelli K. Walker of Missouri

27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:27-31 NIV

 

“Soaring Hope”

An overnight bag sat in the backseat as the car engine hummed. I was about to begin my long drive for another trip to care for a family member. Before pulling out of my driveway I laid my head on the steering wheel and closed my eyes, silently asking God to sustain me through the coming days. Challenged emotionally and physically, I had been in my scripture study. I kept a handwritten note on my living room table – a visual reminder that I could look to, meditate on, and memorize. The verse assured me that I would receive strength by placing my hope in God.


A few miles into my journey, I caught a glimpse of something white in the blue sky. When I looked, I recognized the white tail feathers of a bald eagle. It had soared directly over my head as I traveled down the highway. I began to cry as I remembered God’s promise in my memorized verse. I had not been looking for a physical sign of God’s promise, but oh, how welcome it was! God was with me and gave me the stamina I needed. And God will continue to strengthen me as I place my hope and trust in God’s power.

 

Friends –

For me, the visible signs of God’s influence in our world and direction in my life are majestic sunsets or sunrises (if I am up early enough). They almost seem to speak out loud to my spirit about God’s unlimited grace and power in our world. Like Kelli Walker, I know that those signs are always around me, but they seem to be particularly evident when I am need of strength and stamina in a particular situation. And I am strengthened by their presence and my awareness of them. I invite you to think about seeing visible signs of God’s presence in your life. What are they? When are they most visible to you? Do they strengthen your resolve for the tasks before you?

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us strength when we are weak and weary Help us to rely on you instead of our own limited power and ability. Amen.

--Kelli Walker


Prayer Focus:

Caregivers


Thought for the Day:

When I trust God, my strength is renewed.