Run, Raise Up, Wake Up!
There’s been a heaviness in my spirit lately, the newness and excitement of January has faded away and the mundaneness of February has left me cold, tired and longing for the brighter days of spring.
I find myself wishing for a fast forward button! Can we just skip ahead to May?
But there is something that happens when we learn to lean into the uncomfortable seasons, and there are things to be gained from the seemingly mundane.
Way back in 597 BC, there was another group of people who were stuck in a pattern of waiting for something better. The Israelites were stuck in Babylon, enslaved and looking towards better days. The problem is, in the search for better days, we will never be satisfied. There will always be a better day then the day we’re in. God responded to the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:4 telling them to get on with their life. “Build houses, and settle down, plant gardens and eat what they produce. marry and have sons and daughters, then give your sons and daughters into marriage…”
I don’t know about you, but my heart is prone to say “Well, I’m just waiting on the Lord in this season,” as an excuse for not moving forward. The word does tell us to wait upon the Lord, but the verse goes on to say “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount upwith wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
You see this is not a call to inaction, it is directions explaining how we can RUN, RAISE UP and WAKE UP!
We don’t wait upon God buy refusing to move, we wait upon God by continuing to do the good work, the mundane sowing and reaping, the raising up of our children and their children. The hard work of digging in, even when we know that better days are coming, and that today is but a wisp.
I don’t know how you’re feeling this week, but I think I’m not the only one waiting for greener days.
I am praying that God would rest my soul as I wait on him, and that my heart would rest, even as my body works hard at the tasks I’ve been entrusted with. Will you join me?