"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 as eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
These are among my favourite scriptures in the Bible. These verses have helped me to keep going when I felt weak and tired. God does give me strength and any trial is mediocre in comparison to Him. He does have the whole world in His hands and nothing happens to us that He doesn't know about. His eye is on the sparrow, and His eye is on you and me!
I made this ceramic eagle back in the early nineties when I was trying to cope with Myasthenia Gravis, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. All my life I had been a very energetic young woman and all of a sudden, in the late eighties, I was hit with this disabling illness.
I had to learn how to cope with a body that no longer did what I wanted it to do. The MG robbed me of my strength and brought me to the point of weakness where I was forced to use a cane to get around. I was battered with all kinds of things; I couldn't shop, I couldn't sit or stand very long, so it kept me home from church for several years. I had to deal with my pride and all sorts of issues.
Do you remember those commercials on TV featuring the little white tornado that went through your home and left it sparkling clean? Well, I was that little tornado! And then I wasn't! It was hard on me! But during those years I spent at home, I soaked myself in the Word and in prayer. There was nothing else left for me to do. But it was during those years of being house bound, of being quiet, that I grew up in Him. He taught me much about life.
Today, I am able to walk without the cane. I am able to shop almost till I drop. *smile* And of course Hubby and I have 'both' been in ministry since then too. The Lord is good!
I am not cured because there is no cure for MG. However, I am stronger than I was when I first made my eagle. Most would look at me and never guess that I once used a cane to walk.
So what is my point you ask?
If you're going through a hard time right now, remember the eagle. He soars above the storms with wings spread wide. He is fearless and he is magnificent. He is a symbol of our God.
Our God, who is able to give you strength in your weakness and peace in the midst of your storm, whatever it may be!
Bless His name forever!