But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31
When I first heard this verse, my immature faith heard,
‘If you trust in the Lord, everything will be roses. Or, at least, when the hard comes, you will soar over it with ease.’
Even at the time, I knew it didn’t really mean that, but I had no idea what it actually did mean.
Today, as I was working at memorizing the words of the verse, meaning jumped up and smacked me in the face. (When I have an Aha! moment, it usually looks more like an Ow! moment.)
This verse is not talking about ‘all roses’. It says some roses.
It doesn’t say soar on wings like eagles. The end.
It says eagle wings, yes. But also running. Still good but not as glamourous as flying.
And, it says that sometimes things are going to get real. There will be walking. And the only good thing about the walking will be the not fainting.
Not long ago, I had one of those times. If I was walking, it was slow. It was definitely not running. Certainly not soaring.
I was closer to the fainting he mentions. Metaphorically, of course. It looked a lot more like panicking, crying, and, generally freaking out than actual fainting. It was bad. We cannot create enough good things to make life work. Believe me. I have tried. Hard will always come.
Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of being able to walk – even slowly – through the hard times instead of fainting dead away and lying helpless and vulnerable in the road. I like to think that Churchill was referring to this scripture when he said:
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
– Sir Winston Churchill
So, no, this verse doesn’t say ‘all roses’. But it does say ‘I will not forsake you’ in the horrible times and ‘Though you walk through the fire you will not be burned’.
And, it does say soaring.
And, he will sustain us through it all. So, if you feel like fainting right now, take one more step, look up and keep going.
UpGradual: Please remember that, often, God uses other people – their words, hugs, pretty pictures on Facebook – to keep us from fainting.
If you are struggling right now, reach out; to a friend, to someone you trust, to your favourite scripture or quote, or to me, in the comments. I know what it feels like and would love to support you in your struggle.