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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Isaiah 40:31

"Those who wait upon 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." A very popular verse, used extensively in Christian circles, reflective of people's desires to live lives of significance, full of physical health, emotional fortitude, spiritual strength. Lives built upon the promise of God contained in this verse that our immediate future is bright with promise and hope of affluence, respect and personal gain. Why would that not make it a popular verse? I selected this verse as one of my favorites for that very same reason and ...
My personal history is such that the verse has also a deeper context. The idea of the long-haul, God's ability to see to it that the future is bright for the generations to follow, is an insight into why this verse is important to me.
The returning from exile to a land of promise, to a land that can be called home, or sanctuary. The strength to stand the test of time in faithfulness that is grabbed by the next generation and called their own, and passed on again, and again... The vigour to bear the trials and tribulations and be seen and be found worthy not only in the eyes of God, but that the value of the coming forth as gold (maybe marred and stained) is appreciated by the generation watching and is seen as that which is to be attained. The taking of steps in striving to achieve and live a good life, not built upon self gain, but on sacrifice for the greater good of not only family but also community. The God-given desire to rise above circumstance and situation to build into Church and community the things of lasting value, to leave a legacy, to build a legacy, and to leave never knowing the outcome except that God has the undertaking in His hands. It is hope for a future that is composed in a pipe-dream, but committed to the hands of a God who can make it happen. It is a prayer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your thoughts. And also making them bigger for me to read! Especially liked the blog on the F-word as it again hits home. Those other words that link- trust and forget are truly the hard part of the F-word. We all wrestle both with giving forgiveness to others, and even realizing that God has forgiven us - and removed our sin "as far as the east is from the west" -forgotten completely by the One who knows us so well. To be like Him in this area is a life long endeavor - but doesn't mean we shouldn't be trying day by day. Jill