Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for 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 40:28-31
Dear Harbor Friends,
Grace and peace to all of you. What a way to bring in August! Although we didn’t want to see another hurricane come to our state, it has come and gone. Now we are cleaning up and repairing and checking on family, friends, and the community.
If you are like me, you were tired yesterday because you could not sleep the night before. As the winds were howling and making my windows and doors rattle, I was unsettled. It was not fear, exactly, not even real anxiety, but I could not rest or really fully relax. I found myself wondering “what was that bang I heard?” or “I wonder if water is getting under the garage door” or “will that big branch on the tree out front fall this time.” I didn’t rest well and then I woke up to a mess. Nothing was really hurt too badly, but there was much to do. I walked around in a bit of a fog cleaning up, checking on my neighbors, and sending out texts to find out if help was needed.
In my tired state, I began to think of strength that comes beyond us. As tired as I was, if someone in the neighborhood needed help moving something or getting something done, we ran to help. As soon as we saw a way to focus, suddenly, we were equipped with the strength needed. Otherwise, I felt foggy and had a hard time focusing all day. When people come to me for pastoral guidance, I often remind them they are not alone. I mean to say to them that they not only have other Christians who will walk with them, but they have Someone greater with them. We all need to be reminded that God supplies us with strength that is like no other. We grow weary, but God does not. I wonder if, when we are at the end of our human resources, God comes in and is strengthening us for the job at hand. We may need physical strength; but even more likely, we need strength of mind and spirit, we need strength of will to make it through really hard days. God, as our Source, provides out of abundance and gives to us what we need. We are not everlasting, we do grow weary, but thankfully our God is everlasting and does not tire easily!
My hope for you is that you were able to rest last night or that you will rest easier tonight. We can rest knowing that the work will still be here; we don’t have to get it all done in one day. We can rest knowing that God will supply us with what we need. We can rest knowing our strength comes from one whose supply is inexhaustible. Thankfully, we are indeed not alone and never alone.
I’m grateful to so many of those who checked in to let me know you were safe. I’m grateful for your stories where you helped supply a need. One pastor checked on a neighbor who was suffering from no electricity and who needed it to run oxygen. Thankfully, a small camping generator had enough power to supply what was needed and get this man with COPD what he needed to breathe. Before yesterday, this pastor and his neighbor had not had the opportunity to meet. Now, a relationship has formed and so much more. Thanks be to God!
As you go about your day and your week, I pray that we will all recognize the Source of our strength, the one who gave us all we have and showed us how to share so well. I’m thankful to each of you for reaching out with the resources you have individually and as the body of Christ to the community in which you live. Keep making those connections and offering the strength and love of Christ to the world! And know that our strength comes from God!
May the peace of Christ be with you.
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