I remember a season in my life when several uncertain and difficult circumstances were bearing down on me, and I remember feeling the weight of more than I could handle pressing hard around me.
This season in my life was the kind most of us have been through in one fashion or another. You can fill in the blank with any difficult trial and I know you will relate to the experience I am writing about. I don’t name it here partly because of the personal nature and respect of privacy a family member requests, and in part so that you will read this with your own situation in mind, and not just my story. The important lesson is what I learned about trusting God and experiencing the strength He gave me and the powerful way He met my need to endure through it all.
During that difficult and trying season I could physically sense a pressure forcefully pushing down on both my shoulders causing my neck to grow stiff from the stress. My attempts to change things were futile. My efforts to fix things met with disaster, not improvement.
I could not understand why nothing was improving in every difficult situation that faced me. I had trouble going to sleep at night because it was hard to relax with so many worries running through my mind. The more I worried, the worse things became.
One night while tossing and turning in my bed, I remembered the verse in Isaiah 40:31 about God renewing our strength when we trust and wait on Him. I asked God to please renew my strength for the next day. I pleaded with Him to help me make it through tomorrow without the weight of the world pressing down on me.
I recalled the exact words of the entire verse and found even more comfort than I thought I would receive. Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on 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. I repeated this beautiful verse to myself several times and found my strength being renewed as I continued to meditate on the meaning of its words. God was faithful to renew my strength. I drifted off that night and slept a more peaceful sleep than I had experienced in weeks.
I woke up the next morning feeling stronger than I had in a long time and the weight of the world was not pressing down on me. I believed I could run and not be weary, walk and not faint. God taught me that He never intended our burdens to crush us under their weight. His promise to those who wait on Him is to renew our strength.