He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:30-31
As I was driving to church on Sunday morning, I (as many of you did) sat in marathon traffic. By this I don't mean the kind of marathon traffic we see in Atlanta on Friday around 3:00 PM, but literally traffic caused by the Publix Marathon. I found as I sat at a complete standstill, a unique opportunity to observe and pray for the runners coming down Ponce. And, I noticed something - all along the course there were groups of people gathered with signs cheering on the runners. Now, I am sure that man of them knew people running the Publix Marathon that morning, but surprisingly, their encouragement was not saved for one single runner. Their encouragement was offered to every runner and walker as they went by. On several steeper sections of the course, I could see how the cheers would push on those who looked like the weariness of the long journey was catching up to them.
What a great model for the work we are called to do as Christians! The prophet Isaiah is often quoted in relation to running as saying that "those who wait for the Lord ... shall run and not be weary." Lacking any athletic prowess, I have never taken this as a personal charge to run 26 miles. However, thinking about those cheerleaders on the sidelines, I wonder if this isn't a call to remember what God can do through us when we encourage each other. What would it look like if we all became cheerleaders for our brothers and sisters? What would the world look like if this work was not just something we did inside the walls of the church for those we already know? Just like those standing along the race course on Sunday morning, I think God is calling us all to find ways to cheer on each other and indeed the world because let's be honest, life can make us weary.
This week if you find you are weary, I hope you know there are people cheering you on! And if you find yourself stuck in traffic or in a rare, still moment this week, I hope you will take time to pray for and cheer on another person.
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