“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 40:28-31 (NIV)
WEARY IS THE WORLD. Weary of hateful words. Weary of suicide bombers. Weary of mass shootings. Weary of job loss. Weary of increasing taxes. Weary of hunger. Weary of poverty. Weary of division. Weary of war mongering. Weary of creation abuse. Weary of lies. Weary of inept leaders. Weary of ….. (keep filling in the blank). The list goes on and on. And the weary hearts of the world’s inhabitants sink deeper and deeper into despair.
Yet into this weary, drained, exhausted world come these promising words from the prophet Isaiah. Have you not heard what the Everlasting, Creator God will do? These thoughts move the reader from weariness to hope, from ashes to rejoicing, from wearily bending down under the world’s weight to rising up with renewed energy and scouring the horizon for the renewal of God’s creation.
Look around, world! The beauty of God’s creation is seen in so many places and witnessed in so many ways. On this part of the planet look outside in spring and see buds on trees, greening grass, returning birds. Listen to songs of birds or noises of spring peepers. Smile at true belly laughter or children’s joyful shrieks, playful lambs jumping in the pasture. And when you become weary again and are unable for a time to see God’s beauty because something is blocking your awareness – burdens, jobs, duties, worries, negativity, life circumstances, depression, fatigue, world events – keep looking. Be on the lookout for God’s beauty seen in creation, and it will be revealed to you! And your weary, anxious heart will be lifted up! May it be so!
Rev. Cynthia Klingemier
Regional Elder District 4
Commission on Ministry Team 1
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