day 2680: More Strength Needed (25th Anniversary Redux of day 125)

(Patti and I are on our 25th Wedding Anniversary Trip in Europe and I am going analog for two weeks, so PwK will revisit posts that were originally numbered 25 for the next two weeks)

day 125 was posted on April 1, 2009 – in the midst of the Great Recession…

“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.”

I am convinced that now more than ever, at least in in my work life, that the stress and strain of our jobs is wearing us down. In the times we are in we are being asked to do more with less, we are watching our peers lose their jobs or we are losing our own jobs. If we have a job we worry about the security of it going forward and we now have to consider that our employer, in order to keep our role in the company, may ask us to take a pay cut. These are stressful and painful times. But through it all we are expected to get up and at it each and every day with a positive attitude and accomplishing motivation. It is not easy and we can see the signs of stress in our co-workers and ourselves. There is not as much laughter at the lunch table nor willingness to spend more time together outside of work. The fun that was once part of the job has seemed to dissipate and the level of consternation and short-fused temperaments is way up. If this doesn’t wear us down nothing can. However, we can’t let it. God expects us to lean on Him to bring us through this time and to do so in a way that we continue to be a lighthouse of refuge for others. We are to be the ones who can surf on top of the waves in the storm and continue to be encouragers and the most optimistic and positive people in the office. How do we do that when we ourselves are tired, stressed and run down?

One of my favorite Bible passages is in Isaiah Chapter 40, verse 31 that says; “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” What a tremendous promise that God gives us. In these troubled times we should not feel that we must push through and hustle through the day alone. God says, “Wait”, and He will bring us the strength we need to not only walk through the day, but to run and to fly! I like to talk to groups about how we are supposed to bring God to work with us not leave him at home. This verse always gives me the image that waiting on the Lord at work, would be like going through the front door of the office in the morning and instead of opening the door and barging through and expecting God to follow, that we would instead, pause, wait on Him and open the door for God to go through first. We then can follow.

Reference: Isaiah 40:31 (New Living Testament).