Bah! Bah! Bah! I slowly lift my head off of my pillow and try to open my eyes. Looking around the dark room for the alarm clock, I hear the sound again, Bee! Bah! Bah! I realize it is the voice of my 17-month-old coming through the baby monitor by my bed.
It is still dark. Why am I hearing a baby voice talking? My half-opened eyes find the alarm clock. It’s 3:22 am. Why is she awake?
I lay my head back on the pillow and shut my eyes, hoping the talking stops, indicating a sleeping baby. The voice continues. What is she doing in there? What woke her up? Why isn’t she sleeping? Questions bombard my mind. I am having a difficult time falling back asleep. My husband, completely oblivious to any sounds, is absorbed in his sleep beside me.
I can’t do this! I need rest! My mind is now awake, and I begin to think about how much work I have to do when I wake up, but my body is yearning for me to sleep. Although I close my eyes, my ears are wide-awake, listening for any more sounds to come from the baby monitor. Eventually, the noises cease and I am relieved to hear steady breathing instead of chattering. Finally! I am able to drift back to sleep.
I have to be honest with you: there are some days that I am just not up to the challenge. Sometimes I wish I could just stay in my bed all day. I think we all encounter moments like this in life, regardless of our status. We just don’t feel like doing what we need to do. It doesn’t matter if we are a parent, a CEO, a college-student, or what our title is; we still get worn out and tired.
Isaiah 40:29-31 tells us: He (God) gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 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.
I know I sometimes rely more on my Starbucks to get me through a day than I do on God and His strength. I can get so mechanical in my routine that I find myself on my third cup of coffee before I even think to ask God for His strength for the day.
How about you? Do you need strength for today? Are you a little weary and tired? Isaiah tells us even the youths shall faint and be weary. It doesn’t matter what your age is: we all get tired.
Before you pour your next cup of coffee, reach for your multivitamin, or grab that soda can, ask the Lord for His strength. Ask God to renew you today. Let Him surprise you with His supernatural strength. Rely on God to help you and He will. Before you know it, it will be evening and time for bed. Aah! Rest. Thank you, Lord! Good night, world!