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Soaring Above Discouragement

SOARING ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

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 NKJV

I touched the doorknob, opening it just enough to confirm the hissing noise was the hotel sprinkler system. Iva had finished her breakfast and could not wait any longer. An icy blast of water shot up my leg. Iva managed to potty. Soaked, we returned to our room.

I called my husband. He erupted into laughter when I explained what happened.

“I’m glad you think it is funny. It felt like it was raining from hell.” I replied.

Sometimes, our lives feel as if it is raining from hell. The car breaks down. A check bounces. The oven decides to stop working. The doctors can’t seem to understand your illness as it continues to get worse. One thing after another happens, and we feel disheartened.

If you are human, you have faced discouragement. It shows no favoritism.

When the world weighs us down, God will raise us up.

Wait on the Lord. We must possess the fruit of the Holy Spirit, patience. We may need to endure somethings, for some time. We do as He has commanded until He tells us to do the next thing.

God works while we wait. Always remember God is busy on our behalf even though it appears like nothing is happening. He goes before us, preparing the way.

While we wait, we trust. Waiting without trusting is wrestling. When we have a firm, unshakable faith that God is going to intervene at His proper time, we will be filled with peace.

God will renew our strength. He will give us fresh stamina because the world and the devil have beaten us down. It is God’s power we rely on. His strength enables us to do all things (Phil. 4:13).

Eagles carry their young on their wings. According to eagleflight.org, This is part of the baby eaglet’s flying lessons. The momma eagle knocks the baby out of its nest. Then, she swoops down to catch him on her wings, carrying him back to the nest.

As if riding on the wings of an eagle, God will swoop in and carry us above our bleak circumstances. We will soar above our problems. High above the discouragement. All the misery of the world will appear as grasshoppers when God is our focus.

God will enable us to run the race without weariness. That new jolt of strength will give us the endurance to not only run, but to finish. Life can be wearisome. God invigorates us with everything necessary to accomplish it all.

And we will walk without fainting. We will not give out. On this journey of faith, God will supply us with the energy, the grace and the power to finish.

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Waiting on God’s Guidance

 

WAITING ON GOD’S GUIDANCE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Be still, and know that I am God;

Psalm 46:10a

Exhaustion held me hostage. Physically, the insomnia had left me drained. Mentally and emotionally, two distinctly different dilemmas wreaked havoc in my mind.

A family member in a dire situation needed assistance. Should I help? How could I afford to help?

A major project stood at a crossroads. I needed to hear from God on which way to go. I felt trapped in a hallway with many doors, unsure which ones to open.

A dear friend texted me our focal verse.

Be still, and know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10a)

I clung to it like a hidden treasure unearthed. That was exactly what I needed to do.

First, I caught up on my sleep. A clear mind was necessary to hear what God was saying. I continued praying and seeking the Lord to confirm that He wanted me to tackle the project from another approach, almost starting over. Peace settled over me.

A few days later, I helped my family member with a monetary gift. Unsure about how I could make up for this expense, I acted in faith. My word for this year – faith.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God worked both situations together…for good. Because the project met a delay, the funds I had set aside were not needed now. They equaled the amount I gave my loved one. That is so God! He took two unrelated problems and brought about good.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Let’s unpack Psalm 46:10 and understand what it means to “be still.” According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, (www.blueletterbible.com( the word “still” in this particular verse means to “desist from war.” The same word translates differently in other verses, such as “silent” and “rest.”

While I needed the physical rest, I needed the war in my mind to cease. I don’t wait well, especially when I am waiting on God to direct my footsteps.

The battle had to be silenced, so I could reflect on God. God is larger than any problem. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is sovereign. And I want His will and His way.

Sometimes, the doors God opens are the doors I would have closed.

I wouldn’t have made these choices, but because I was still. Because I waited. Because I allowed God to be God, instead of charging ahead. These are the doors He chose, and because it is God’s will, it is also mine.

Friend, do you need to sit quietly, waiting for God to open a door in your hall today? Let the battles hush. And know that He is God.

Lord God, help me focus on You, not the battles swirling around me. Help me make the time to meditate on You, and know that You are God. You are my provider. You are my shield. You are my counselor. I await Your answer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 46.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I know how hard it is to step back and wait on God but memorize this verse. Write it down. Let God guide you into His open doors.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.