Saturday, December 3, 2016

THE REFRESHING WALK





Walk and not be faint…






Matthew 11:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


My doctor told me that people who go for walks live longer and have healthier bodies. High-energy people may want to lift weights, join a Zumba class and train for a triathlon. But, the rest of us can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a good walk.

While napping is a good way to increase your rest, walking is a good way to push through the fainting lull that comes after a turkey dinner. A walk in the cool of the evening stirs our senses and may reduce our anxious energy.

Our spiritual stamina is increased as we learn to walk with God. Walking is moving forward with great presence. There is no urgent hurrying allowed in a walk. Otherwise, you may as well run.

When you walk, you can stop along the way to enjoy a view, to give a greeting and become more aware of your surroundings. There are faster ways to move, but less likelihood of noticing or getting involved with what’s along the path.

If you feel that you are stuck, too weary to move or disillusioned and lethargic; you may need to be still. You need to let the rest that God gives be your destination in the stillness. Only then, will you be energized for the heights that God wants to take you, patient in the marathon and present in the slow walk around your place. There’s also a time to get up and go again.

Jesus has good news for the burned out and bedraggled—the one that has lost their strength and cannot go on.

Jesus invites us to walk alongside Him. He helps shoulder the burden that is too much for us to bear alone. Have you let Jesus into your burden? God’s gentleness and God’s humility will strengthen your mind; your will and your emotions when you cannot go a step further alone.

Walk with Jesus.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FINISHING WELL




Run and not grow weary...




Isaiah 40:
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.



When I was younger and applied myself I could run long distance. I discovered that pacing, breathing and focusing on my destination kept me moving forward. I found that there is a second wind when you push through the initial waning of power.

It’s not that runners do not get weary; they do. But, they have learned to use their energy, stride and preparation time wisely. There is a certain toughness that pushes through when the flesh says it’s time for a jump in the pool.

The ancient writer wrote:


Hebrews 12: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


In waiting, trusting and resting we train for the human race. We learn from those who have run ahead and alongside us—this great crowd of runners. We learn to let go and put aside the things that slow us down.

We train for life’s race by looking at Jesus’ example. He pressed on and covered the distance because of the joy of winning. People who keep running have learned to pace themselves in ways so they do not lose heart. The runner has the advantage of using their time well and covering lots of ground.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

FLYING ABOVE



Isaiah 40:
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.


Soar on wings like eagles…

An eagle has learned to rest his wings on the updraft that will take him higher. From a great height the eagle can see with precision that which it is hunting for. By resting its wings until the last moment, an eagle dives with great speed upon its target.

At the last moment the skilled wings are poised to slow its descent and the hungry bird is satisfied with its prey.


Ephesians 2:
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 


Waiting on God is likened to a soaring eagle. The wind does most of the work to lift the bird to great heights where it can see a great distance. There are many times in life when we need a higher view of our surroundings and circumstance. Pity an eagle that has to walk along the ground looking for its next meal. It will settle for a diet of bugs or road kill instead of fresh meat.


Waiting on God allows us to be lifted above by the wind of God’s Spirit. God wants us to share the view from above.



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