It’s 3am. You have tossed and turned more than all the salad in the world. Everyone is asleep and you alone are awake. You are troubled by worries that others do not have. You ask, “Why me? Why is it always me?”
Guess what? It is you, but it is not only you. There are others who have struggled too.
“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Isaiah 40:27 (MSG)
Negative thoughts bellow around you with deafening noise. The winds of fear are the undercurrents of this storm – the fear of rejection, control, acceptance or intimacy. Your troubles are very personal. You feel all alone. You think that no one understands, but there is One who understands. How could He not understand? He has been there all this while.
“Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.” Isaiah 40:28 (MSG)
God knows you are in a desert place, but the Bible promises us that things do get better.
“He found him out in the wilderness, in an empty, windswept wasteland. He threw his arms around him, lavished attention on him, guarding him as the apple of his eye. He was like an eagle hovering over its nest, overshadowing its young, Then spreading its wings, lifting them into the air, teaching them to fly. GOD alone led him; there was not a foreign god in sight.” Deuteronomy 32:10-11 (MSG)
You may have felt like a scared little chicken or a silly goose, but the Bible reminds us that we were meant to be strong and free like eagles. When you are in the wilderness, remember that you were meant to fly.
Learning how to fly is confusing, frustrating and tiring. Sometimes you feel forced to leave the nest. You feel abandoned. These struggles are a sign that it is nearly your turn to fly. God is in the disturbances as much as He is in the deliverance.
We do not learn to fly alone.
“He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (MSG)
So what do we do when troubles beat us down and we lack the strength to fly? We wait. The exercise of waiting gives us strength. It may seem counterintuitive to flying, but we can fly only when we have developed the strength to do so.
How do we wait? The word ‘wait’ here means to collect, bind together and interwoven. While you wait, intertwine yourself with the Word.
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV)
“My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn;
build me up again by your Word.”
Psalm 119:28 (MSG)
To renew your strength, stablise your emotions and thoughts in the Word.
Still can’t sleep? Watch the video to find out how else you can overcome the negative voices to rise above the winds of fear and despair.