“Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for 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.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (NRSV)
I do not wait well. The old phrase, “hurry up and wait” has never appealed to me. I tend to set a goal and I like instant results. I’ll work as hard as I must, but I want to achieve the goal or get to the end and declare victory. Goal accomplished. For anyone who has studied the Enneagram with Pastor Deb, I am a classic Type 3.
And I don’t know about you, but I feel like we are in this pattern of waiting right now. Our schools have been closed for an additional week, we are on the precipice of testing broadly, but we wait. I do not personally know anyone with this infection, but I am assuming it’s only a matter of time. This extrovert abhors the thought of being truly quarantined inside my own home, by myself with only me to talk to! But still we wait! And I do not wait well.
Yet, we are assured that we do not wait alone. The prophet Isaiah tells us (in this, my favorite scripture) that those who wait “shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” What a perfect image in this time of waiting. Whether it be the image of one of the eagles circling our beautiful steeple, or watching the Southwest Florida “eagle cam”, this majestic animal is all around us and reminds us that the One who waits with us never abandons us or orphans us. I hope you will join me in remembering that promise and that assurance even during this time of waiting.
Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor
Prayer: Gracious God, help me wait in a way that will not make me weary. Amen.