The other day I randomly came across a rough draft for a blog post. From December. Of 2009. But as I read the words, I just kept thinking “strength will rise, He is good and sure and enough, and yes, strength will rise.” Perhaps these words, nearly six years later, are just for you.
Strength comes as we wait. I can testify to that.
It doesn’t always feel like enough strength to get through the week, but it’s enough to get through the day. Or the hour, the minute, or even just enough for one more second.
When I’ve felt like I couldn’t go on anymore, couldn’t make it through, His strength has come each time. He keeps lifting me up off my knees and helps me rise and face each new day.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. // Isaiah 40:29
I find myself looking forward to heaven more and more. He is my only Hope. He is Hope. And He is, has been, and will always be my Deliverer.
I love that He will be around forever. He’s not going anywhere, and that’s a promise that I absolutely love and rely on. God is in it for the long-haul, through the thick and the thin. He doesn’t get tired or weary from carrying my burdens. He doesn’t faint in the middle of the storm. He’s strong, after all, and we will rise in His strength.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:30-31
I am weak, yet He has defended me. Words and actions have still stung and pierced deeply, but I am realizing that that doesn’t mean He isn’t defending me. I am certain He is a shield, taking so very much for me simply because He is Love.
I opened my Bible last night and God showed up in one of those ways where you know it was just for you. I was hurting and I cried, and yes, I will remember that. But in the very same breath, I will also remember how it felt to open my Bible, see verses that seemed just for me, and wonder why I don’t always go to the Bible first when I need comfort.
Being “needy” is something I try so hard to avoid, but I’m relearning how very okay it is to need God. I need His strength for my weakness, His joy for life’s sorrows, His patience for my frustration, His provision for my lack.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. // Psalm 28:7-8
He will be enough. For me, for you, for every worry on our shoulders and weight that we carry around in our hands. He will lift us up when we fall and in His strength, we will rise again.