By Jena Wight of Blue Springs, Missouri, USA
Re-blogged from: Daily Bread blog
…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.
I was riding on the back of a broken bicycle, holding on for dear life—literally and figuratively. My World Service Corps partner, Tara, and I had been in Africa for over a month. We were starting to feel the physical and emotional strains of our living conditions.
As I rocked and bumped along the road on the way to preach at the Milenje Congregation in Malawi, I wondered how I could stand before the people and say anything significant when I felt frustrated and tired.
So I prayed—almost the whole bike ride to the church. I prayed for everything from strength for Tara, to forgiveness for my attitude, to asking that my heart be softened. We arrived at the church, and Tara and I looked at each other and knew we’d both been doing the same thing on the ride.
We started morning Bible study in the little church, with the sun peeking through the small holes that served as windows. Babies, teenagers, adults, the pastor, and our host father sat on clay benches. The eager eyes of the people were trained on us. They were full of willingness and openness.
I shared the story of “Footprints in the Sand.” As I got to the last line, my voice caught as I realized—God is carrying me. Here. Now. Like the promise in Isaiah, God took away my weariness and gave me strength. I knew as I sat there I would be OK. No matter what happened the rest of the summer, or the rest of my life, I had a new peace—a new strength and dependence on God, who carries me still.
Prayer for Peace
We depend on you, God, for leadership and spiritual strength. You are the brace when our knees would buckle; our penetrating light when our eyes would fall wearily shut. You give us faith when we doubt ourselves. Your arms carry us when we fall short of our mission. You are our words when we forget how to share the peace of Christ.
Spiritual Practice: The International Community
Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and this one. Picture a person living there. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the spiritual connection you have with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.
Today, God, I will remember Christ’s mission is my mission.