I could physically sense a weight pushing down on both my shoulders and my neck grew stiff from the stress.
There was a serious illness in the family. A messy situation in the extended family. Trouble brewing at a job.
My attempts to change things were futile. My efforts to fix things met with disaster, not improvement. 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 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 received its message into the depths of my heart.
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. ~ Isaiah 40:31
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 fell asleep that night and slept a more peaceful sleep than I had experienced in weeks.
I woke up the next morning 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. I felt so much lighter it was as if I could fly! 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.