Sunday, July 8, 2018

I'm So Glad I Asked~

"How, Lord?
How does that happen?"

My questioning heart
didn't even realize it had
spoken these words out loud
until the rest of me
heard myself hearing them -
out loud.

And, as He is always faithful to do,
God answered back.

Only His answer,
as it so often is,
was simply a prodding of my heart
to dig in deeper.
To pray for the Holy Spirit
to illuminate my mind
and then to mine this verse
that had prompted the question
like a jewel hunter
mines a field for diamonds.

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 knew this verse.
I had read it time and time again.
I could probably even do a fairly good job
of quoting it back to you
without even looking.
But, living it -
nope.

But those who wait on the Lord
shall renew their strength.

To me,
up until now,
waiting had been the opposite -
more exhausting,
than renewing.
There was a certain tension
that came with waiting
and to be honest,
it usually left me feeling drained.

This time,
as I read this old familiar verse -
I realized I had yet
to truly grasp the meaning
or live it out in my life.

And,
that's when
my heart blurted out
what it was thinking:
"How, Lord?
How does that happen?"

And,
that's when
my God led me to this amazing,
life-changing,
faith-infusing,
strength-renewing
discovery-
better than all the diamonds in the world.

The word wait
used in this verse
is the Hebrew word קָוָה (qavah).

It has two meanings -
one figurative and one literal.

The meaning I was most familiar with
was the figurative one:
to wait, to expect, to hope in, in anticipation.

It was the literal meaning of this word
that opened the eyes of my heart
and unlocked the true meaning of this verse:
to bind together like a cord

(Honestly,
have you ever thought
of the word "wait"
as meaning "to bind together like a cord"?
What a thought.
Go ahead -
feel free to take a few minutes
to let that sink in.)

To bind together like a cord.

Dictionary.com  defines a cord as:
a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together

A cord isn't made of one thread,
but several.

In fact,
if you think about it
(which God definitely had me doing,
and now,
hopefully you are, too!)
the very strength of the cord
lies in the fact
that it is not a single unit,
but is instead made up of several -
all braided, twisted, and woven together.

So - back to this amazing verse,
the question that started this search,
and you and me.

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.

"How, Lord?
How does that happen?"

(And I almost feel a little hesitant
to share with you
what God shared with me
because I have a feeling -
knowing our God the way I do -
He has already begun
opening the eyes of your heart
to see the treasure He has for you
tucked into this familiar text.
Isn't His Spirit such a precious teacher?!)

If I am to truly wait on the Lord -
it is more
(so much more)
than me
looking forward to,
hoping in,
anticipating
what God is and has yet to do -
it is also
(and here's where
the strength part comes in)
me binding
myself,
my thoughts,
my actions,
my reactions,
my prayers,
my desires,
my very will,
together with that of my God.

To wait on the Lord
is to intertwine me -
every part of me,
with Him.

And, as I do -
my strength is renewed.

As I do,
I am no longer
a lone, thin, single string -
I become part of a strong cord.
(Is anything stronger than God?!)

"How, Lord?
How does that happen?"

Naturally,
if we wait on the Lord
we will mount up with wings like eagles,
we will run and not be weary,
we will walk and not faint.
because His supernatural power,
braided and twisted and woven together
with ours,
will make it happen.

Naturally,
if we wait on the Lord
our strength will be nenewed
because His supernatural strength, -
braided and twisted and woven together
with ours,
will make it happen.

His strength
becomes mine
because I
become part of Him.

WOW!

(I know -
at the beginning of this post
I should have subtly mentioned
you might want to be sitting down
while reading this.)

And,
as is usually the case,
my mind
couldn't have been more grateful
my heart
had the "need to know"
and the courage to ask the question.

And,
as is always the case,
my heart
couldn't have been more grateful
my God
is always faithful to answer.






4 comments:

  1. Wow!!! This is EXACTLY what I am working....so nice to have it written soooooo particularly. Thank You Stacy, and I Thank Heavenly Father for telling you and helping you share. Thank You both

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  2. Wow! Stacy Thank You so very much for sharing❤

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  3. GOD IS AWESOME And so are you!

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  4. THOUGHT TO SHARE SOMETHING I WROTE:
    My child you don't know Me but I know everything about YOU...
    I know when you sit I know when you RISE, I'm familiar in your ways,
    Even every hair on your head is numbered...
    For it's in God's image that YOU were made.

    You are MY offspring, in ME you live and move and have your being...
    I knew you even before you were conceived...
    I chose you even before I planted creation...
    You weren't a mistake, all your days are written in my book you see!

    I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live...
    You were fearfully and wonderfully created...
    I knit you together in your mother's womb..
    And brought you fourth on a day to be celebrated.

    I've been misrepresented by those who don't know me...
    I'm not distant and angry but I am the complete expression of love...
    And it's My desire to Lavish My love on You...
    Your earthly Father can't compare to the perfect Father above.

    Every good gift You receive comes from MY hand...
    For I am your provider and I meet Your every need...
    My plan for Your future has always been filled with hope...
    Because I love you with an everlasting love; yes indeed.

    My thoughts towards You is countless as sand on a seashore...
    I Rejoice over you with singing with expression...
    I will never stop doing good to you...
    For You are My "Treasured" possession.

    I desire to establish You with All My ❤ and all of my Soul...
    I want to show You great and marvelous things...
    If you seek ME with ALL of your ❤ you will find me...
    Delight in me and the desires of your ❤, to you I will bring.

    I am able to do more for YOU than YOU could possibly imagine...
    For I am YOUR Greatest
    Encourager too...
    I Am the father who comforts you in all of your troubles...
    When YOU are broken hearted I'm close to You.

    As a Shepherd carries the lamb I've held you close to My ❤...
    One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes...
    And I'll take away ALL the pain YOU have suffered on Earth...
    I am your Father and I love you even as I LOVE my Son Jesus Christ.

    My Son Jesus IS the Exact Representation of MY being...
    He came to demonstrate that I am for you not against you...
    And to tell you I am not counting your sins...
    Jesus death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.

    I gave up everything I loved so I might gain Your love...
    If YOU receive the gift of MY SON Jesus You've seen Me...
    And nothing will ever separate YOU from MY love again...
    I am waiting for YOU to come to Me.

    Come home and I'll throw the biggest party that Heaven has ever seen...
    I have always been YOUR Father...
    And YOUR Father I will ALWAYS Be...
    love you,
    Daddy
    (Almighty God)

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