"He gives strength to the weary & increases the power of the weak but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run & not grow weary, they will walk & not be faint." (Isaiah 40:29, 31, NIV)
As I write this devotional, our youth group mission trip is less than a week away. We (including myself) will be participating in a week-long work camp in Mississippi helping rebuild homes destroyed in hurricane Katrina. And yes, I did say "work camp". Im already "feeling" the muscle pain, fatigue, & headaches & I havent even left yet!!
Needless to say, I am excited that our youth get the chance to go on a trip like this, but I am also a little apprehensive I know this trip will be very trying for someone like me (I live with intense muscle pain, chronic fatigue, & migraines on a daily basis).
As a former missionary, Im used to relying on God for everything & this trip gives me another reason to trust Him even more. I cant help but turn to Isaiah 40 – one of my favorite passages. It reminds me that my strength comes from God, NOT myself, & thats where I need to leave it!
I know God would never give me an assignment without giving me the strength & energy to do it. Going on a trip like this is exciting because I know that God is going to do amazing things in the lives of our youth & the many adults who will be attending. This trip is one of those times you just have to go & allow God to do the work. If I dwell too much on my limitations & worry, I would never go.
Maybe youre facing the "unknown", or a stressful situation & youre not sure how youre going to get through it but, remember, "The LORD is my strength & my shield; my heart trusts in him, & I am helped." (Psalm 28:7a, NIV)
About the Author
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful west Michigan. Her free time includes crafting & working with her first book, Fabric Cards. She also writes for Comfort Café, sings on a worship team, & mentors youth. To learn more about Bridget & to see her cute little nephew, go to: http://webpages.charter.net/bgazlay or send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.