Over the last two days I have been praying for the Lords energy to sustain me. It has been tough and will continue to be for the next week as we participate/volunteer at VBS. Yesterday, I woke up feeling awful. I rolled out of bed feeling like I was 90 in a dense fog. I knew there was no way in my power that I was going to be able to produce the amount of energy I needed for that day.
The Lord brought to mind these verses;
“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. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
The part that really stuck out in my mind was those who HOPE in the Lord. What did that even mean? So I took to my dictionary and one of the ways it defined hope was,” to place trust; rely.
So I replaced hope with trust and read the verse again.
“Those who trust in the Lord…” this helped me to understand what God was saying to me. If I trusted him then my strength would be renewed. Now the question was how do I apply it?
The number one thing that will zap my energy the quickest is worry and anticipation. When I am full of anxiety or worried anticipation I become restless and I am totally exhausted, mind and body.
I knew the only way I was going to be able to survive is if I trusted God to bear the fruit. If I tried to take control I was going to fail. If I worried about who was going to help me with my age group I was going to fail. If I worried if the kids would understand the material I was going to fail. If I tried to anticipate the ages so I could plan on more detail I was going to fail. I knew if I didn’t trust God to do what only he can do and bear the fruit in me I was going to fail. I hoped for the energy. I trusted him, the God who never tires, for energy to keep up.
He was faithful to me to do exactly what he said he was going to do. I had the energy to keep up. No caffeine involved that evening either. I actually came home a bit wired because His energy was still flowing.
Whether it’s a week with VBS or just a normal day at home with kids his words still apply. To find the energy we so desire, we must first trust in the Lord to provide and lay down what hinders that trust. For me, trying to anticipate outcomes and worrying hinders my trust for the Lord but when I hand that over he is able to produce beautiful fruit in me. I’m so thankful for a God who never tires and is faithful to provide all I need.