I received an email tonight from Patty who told me her preacher preached on Isaiah 40:29-31 this morning at Bethel Baptist in Norman. She said she thought of me and my family while he was preaching.
Here are the verses and possibly some surrounding them in The Message.
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.
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.
It's Sunday night. I don't know if every profession feels this, but it is universally known by teachers that Sunday night is a killer. It must be true for others because Hallmark has a Hoops and YoYo card called Spastic Colon Sunday Night. We are all trying to get everything ready for a busy week--tie up loose ends from last week, you know the drill. I told a couple of people today that I feel like I have been putting out fires for three weeks. I have made no moves until the deadline is here, and that is not a comfortable place for me. I was so very tired this afternoon, but because I am afraid of not sleeping at night I refused to take a Sunday afternoon nap. I checked my email before I was getting ready to finish my grades and had this message. So...I am going to rely on God for fresh strength and soar through this series of tasks before me. I have first period plan, so I can do my lesson plans for my three day week in the morning. I have been so distracted by all that has to be done that I haven't been efficient at anything. I always tell my students that we do large tasks the same way we eat an elephant--one bite at a time--I have forgotten my own advice and just sat and looked at the monumental list before me and felt too overwhelmed to begin. I'm going to sign off now and begin eating the elephant before me. Thank you all for your prayers.