But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Definitely a powerfully encouraging verse. You see this everywhere in the Christian bookstores and often in pastors’ offices. What is the mental picture? Well, obviously the eagle. However, this verse showed me that when I am waiting on the Lord to work in my life, it’s a test of multiple choice.
When waiting on the Lord, how might you see Him working in your life?
d. Any of the above
We often emphasize the glamorous—you know, those eagle’s wings. Maybe this is the time God will answer with that $1,000 check or miraculously heal our loved one or that sinner will fall down on their knees with tears in their eyes saying, “What must I do to be saved?” Those are definitely not out of the question. God can and does work in powerful ways like that, but don’t sit around hoping for that in your life. He may work in other ways too.
Sometimes God works in ways that require grunt work. Yep, you may have to run, but keep in mind you won’t be weary in well doing. Running requires a lot of energy and endurance. When you are running there are many times you just want to stop, but in life, stopping could mean absolute failure. It’s true that sometimes it’s like that health trainer who is yelling at you to push harder, go further! God isn’t yelling at you, but it is a time to grow stronger and you can’t do that without a little struggle.
Sometimes God works in just the general ways. What I mean is the consistency of the everyday. Just keep doing the same things you would normally do. Instill those habits. Our lives are in large part built on the trivial, habitual tasks we do daily. Eating, brushing teeth, bathing, sleeping, talking, etc. No one applauds you for doing those things, but they are the necessities of life. We need to remain consistent and faithful to what we know The Lord has called us to do.
So, how might the Lord work in your life? Well, there are really three options in this verse and throughout Scripture, there are plenty of examples. Don’t limit or overestimate God. His ways are not our ways. All you can do is wait on Him.