But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
I needed to be reminded of that.
I’m not fainting yet (never had that experience before actually…hope I never do), but spending a few hours in the library today preparing for the summer intensive did kinda drain my energy. This gloomy, humid Melbourne weather didn’t help either. But the weather could not dampen my spirits this morning as I headed into the city… as I was riding the trains, passing familiar surroundings, I was suddenly overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for where I am in my life right now. When I was going through the turmoil in the second half of 2010, I knew in my head that I would get on the other side of it eventually, but that didn’t make the process any quicker or easier. It was an uphill journey with lots of bumps, setbacks and false hope where I thought I had made it through…only to find things crop up again a few steps down the road. However, slowly but surely, progress was made and today, life finally is and feels good again. The colour has returned in full vibrancy, if not brighter, amidst the dark grey skies. By God’s grace, I can stand without the burdens of the past weighing down on me. I flicked through the photos on my phone today, and pictures that used to bring a sick feeling to my stomach only made me giggle silently and shake my head. I remembered my younger self, the naive girl who got in way over her head. I know they are a part of me but memories of the pain have been healed….peace has consumed my heart. I’ve found my source of strength.
My strength comes from the Lord.