I have felt ill and very weak for the last couple of weeks. Along with feeling bad physically, I was fearful that my health was plummeting. I wondered whether the way I felt was something that would pass or whether it was permanent. I invited fear into my world. I temporarily forgot that God cares for me and has been near me throughout my entire illness.
Once I began to feel stronger, I recalled these words of scripture.
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. – Isaiah 40:28-29
The truth is that since 2014, I have been able to feel strong currents of hope and to find renewed energy in the bad times. As Bishop Steven Charleston has written, God has “breathed life into my heart.”
Read his words:
Rise up on the strong currents of hope, the sense of the Spirit that you feel moving around you, like a shift in the wind changing your direction, lifting you up with renewed energy. Do not stay planted in the sameness of your surroundings, the old assumptions and the old definitions, but rise up to create your own path, following the vision that breathes life into your heart. Take the risk of believing in who you are. Trust the Spirit to fly with you once more into the open skies of your imagination. Rise up and don’t look back, for how far we cast our faith is how far we travel toward forever, how far we grow, how far we reach to discover ourselves.