But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Time and time again, Isaiah 40:31 comes back to me through new eyes and a different meaning. I used to love this verse just because I found it easy to relate to running. Seemed like memorizing it, putting it on a t-shirt, or just quoting it on Facebook meant something like, “Yeah, I love Jesus, and I love running, and He gives me strength to run fast.” But over the years, this verse has come to mean much more than that, and today in particular, it’s all about that one word, wait.
Right now I’m at a point where all I can do is wait. I’ve ground out miles, crunched out all the core routines, strained through all the chin-ups, and ran my guts out in all the races. Now I just sit around and try to be patient as I wait to find out if I made it into the 1500m race of the Olympic Trials.
They say patience is a virtue. Patience brings perseverance. But patience is something very hard to really learn or grasp. The waiting game is never fun; but yet it never grows old.
I feel just like a little kid, waiting for Christmas to come. I remember when the Christmas season would begin and our family would gather around the advent wreath for nightly prayer, and the first candle we lit symbolized, Waiting or Hope. At that point in December, Christmas still felt years away, and yet before I knew it I’d be sitting in a room full of crinkled, ripped-up wrapping paper, sadly thinking, It’s all over!
But that’s the world through a child’s eyes. That’s when Christmas was all about the presents, and life was all about running, and running was all about winning.
For my entire life, even up until now, every major decision I have made has started with two questions, “Does this honor God?” and, “Will this help me get to the Olympics?“
It’s hard, knowing that something you’ve dreamed about since you were six years old is now so much closer, and yet still far away. But that’s the beauty of having to wait; it renews your strength. Now all I can do is put my hope, faith, and trust in the Lord, knowing that whatever His plans are, it is what’s meant to be.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11