“Oh, how many travelers get weary
Bearing both their burdens and their scars?
Don’t you think they’d love to start all over
And fly like eagles out among the stars”
Who can’t relate to words of this song? The image of a weary traveler, carrying burdens and scuffed up by the scars of life in a broken world is a powerful metaphor, especially if you are weary in your soul.
The truth is, life is tiring. It is difficult. And sometimes we find ourselves utterly exhausted. (Twice this week, I crashed in bed before 9pm!).
As we travel along, the demands of our time and energy steadily increase and before we know it, we can feel like we are walking along life’s highway utterly depleted. A friend of mine told me today that he felt “defeated.” I think he could relate to the words of this song. In some moments it’s a victory just to keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving along.
Yet, in the midst of all of our weariness, I am convinced that God has more for us than mere survival.
Weariness is an opportunity to worship the everlasting God
Isaiah 40:28 says “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”
Next time you are weary and fainthearted, remember this simple thought and let it help you turn your weariness into worship: God never feels this way. Let that thought sink in and amaze you.
God doesn’t grow tired and he never faints. He is never exhausted and nothing can deplete His energy. He is infinite in his power and wisdom.
When we are weary, we must let our weariness remind us of His strength
Aren’t you grateful that God is not like us? We can worship Him for his power!
Unlike God, we are not self-existent and we are not self-sufficient. We are dependent creatures, and we depend on his strength. The good news is that the infinite, self-existent, all-powerful God gives strength to the weary:
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).
What a promise! Weary mom, there is strength for you in the power of your All-mighty God. Weak and worn-out husband, God can make you strong. Faint-hearted and fatigued believer, let your exhaustion be an occasion for exulting in the energy of God. Turn your weariness into worship and find your strength in Him.
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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).
Are you weary? God never is. Wait upon the LORD. Renew your strength. Turn your weariness into worship and fly like eagles out among the stars.