I went to an art class last night at a local museum with one of my friends from work. During the class, the instructor said something that hit me like a bow and arrow to the heart; halfway through the class she said, “Remember when we started and how hard this was? But you all pushed through and isn’t it getting easier?”
It was a profound statement, and one that the instructor said we should use in other areas of our lives, not just with art projects (we were making dream catchers, for those who are curious). It is so true, too, that often there comes a point in life—either at work, or with our families, or even with goals that we have set for ourselves—in which we hit a wall and think that its too hard and we should give up. If you’ve ever hit that proverbial wall, you know what it is like. It feels as if you can’t go another step.
However, Jesus reminds us that when we hit that wall, we can call on his strength and support to propel us forward. There are countless verses in the Bible that talk about how the Lord can be our strength in times of trouble and weariness.
One verse that really speaks about weariness and hardship is from Isaiah 40:29-31 that says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Have you had an experience in your life that you thought you couldn’t get through, but with your faith were able to persevere?