Isaiah 40:31 [states]: "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
He asked us to recall times when we felt as though we could fly on the wings of eagles, which for many of us would be our wedding day, the day we brought our child home from the hospital, and other major events.
He asked us to recall times when we felt as though we could run a marathon and not grow tired. These times could be running your child around the block as he learned to ride a bike or dancing for hours with your daughter in the living room or enjoying … those milestones in our children's lives.
Then he stated that everyday life is what is the greatest challenge to us. Many of us feel as though we cannot take one more step, that we cannot go any further.
Psalm 46 [states:] "God is our refuge and our strength." How true this statement is when we are reminded that sometimes walking is enough. It is all we can do to put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing in and out. This is where most of us spend most of our time. Getting through the day. Surviving those times when our world changes over night. Yes, I can remember those times when my world changed overnight. God never let me go.
God walks with me every step in the same way He runs along with me and soars with me over the mountains.
My friend's explanation of Pastor Cliff's words reminds me of lyrics from a Sandi Patty song: "Tomorrow is such a 'daily' day."
Sometimes the "dailyness" feels overwhelming. Those are the days when walking has to be enough. It IS enough. Because He is all sufficient.
And one step forward with Him is all the better than running or jumping or dancing -- or any other "exciting" movement/activity -- without Him.
Lord, make me walk with You, remembering that You always walk with me.