Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar with wings like eagles,
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint!

I’ve been contemplating this verse as it’s a verse that contains the very word I live my life by: SOAR. Now for me, soar doesn’t just represent flying through the air (though sometimes it literally does), it’s the all encompassing phrase “See Opportunity And Respond”! Every single day we are presented with opportunities, some minuscule, some life-changing. And every single day we have the choice to respond or to shy away in apathy or fear. I believe God wants us to respond! And I believe that the more we respond in the small nudges placed on our hearts, the easier it will be to respond when something big comes along! So as I thought on the verse, I replaced the singular word soar with those four words that have embedded themselves so deeply within…

Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength,

with wings like eagles, they will be able see opportunity and respond,

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not faint!

Amazing! What a promise! Here’s the catch though! The downfall to living by the phrase “See Opportunity And Respond” is that if you forget to couple it with the ever important exhortation to WAIT on the Lord, it won’t be long until you have grown weary from running! You will find yourself overwhelmed, faint, and depleted. Does that resonate with anyone? Has anyone felt like they were good for a week or a month, able to run the race of life!? Excited! Empowered! Running! But all of a sudden you wake up one day exhausted? Does it resonate with ANYONE?? Or am I alone in the struggle??

Where the strength of Christ is infinite, ours is most definitely finite! I know from experience. My natural bent is to take every opportunity and run with it! To dream and to do! Adventure! New roads! New possibilities! All the while going for it without having waited on the Lord… It’s had to become a very intentional practice in my life to wait on the Lord. To involve Him in the process. In the mundane and in the adventure. Everyday we are called to respond, but we are called to wait on Him for the answer to HOW we should respond. Sometimes the answer is immediate. Other times you may have weeks or months of waiting for an answer.

There are times when I am better at this practice than others. There are times I consciously choose it. And then there are times the Lord chooses it for me. But if I have learned anything from my past, it is that the wait is both the hardest and the most satisfying part of this journey. We are in this race for the long haul… why not involve the One with infinite endurance, strength, resources, and power!?

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