Word for the Week
Short reflections on Bible passages, with a frontline focus...
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.
‘I wish I could harness that energy,’ I think, as I watch my son leap over the sofa to pick up another toy, before zooming back through the kitchen at top speed to place it in his game. Eventually even this energy will come to an end, needing snacks and downtime to refresh.
Isaiah looks at the eagles and sees their effortless movement as they soar on warmed air, able to keep on going and going and going. We who hope in Jesus are told that our strength will be renewed. I don’t think this means that we will suddenly have the kind of relentless energetic bursts of a three-year-old on a mission, or that we will be able to work an 80-hour week and not burn out.
Rather, he seems to be pointing to a hope that is sustaining even when much is demanded of it, when much is asked of us. Hope that keeps on giving.
When I look at stories of disciples who have walked before me, I’m struck by the solidity of their hope. It’s their sure hope in the person of Jesus, in his death and resurrection, that allows them to walk the wonderful, hard, and challenging road of faith. Bringing hope to the people around them.
For some this is faith-filled and hopeful parenting, like in the life of Susanna Wesley, Paula Bonhoeffer, or my friend Pete. Some are called to workplaces where they bring about cultural change like Charles Correra, speak up for justice like Octavia Hill, or minister grace and love like Florence Nightingale. The hope they have in Jesus gave them strength to keep going through the challenges, and find endurance in the every day.
So what does this mean for me, or you? It means I try to bring my focus back to Jesus, to lift my eyes up from the everyday tasks, work, laundry, or school run, to see how they fit into God’s bigger picture. To do it all knowing I’m working for God, trying to model his character, bring something of his hope.
And it means celebrating his goodness in my celebrations, whilst knowing he is with me in my sadness – remembering that whatever I’m facing, my hope is in Jesus, and that hope is bigger than the challenges of today. So today, pause, and remind yourself of that strength-restoring hope!
Revd Jo Trickey
Church Advocate, LICC
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