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O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn't see your troubles and isn't being fair? Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon 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: 27-31 (TLB)

Marsha Howard lives in Texas. While walking one morning, she noticed a hawk flying low with a little bird flitting around it. Marsha was immediately concerned for the small bird because she was unsure how the hawk would react. As she continued watching, Marsha witnessed an unforgettable sight. The hawk swooped down, and the little bird landed on the hawk's back. The hawk and its passenger then soared across the road in front of Marsha. After a short while, the hawk swooped down once more by a barbed wire fence, where the little bird dismounted and landed on the top strand. The hawk continued on, soaring higher than ever, and soon was out of sight. After a brief rest, the little bird began its flight again and was soon soaring.

Marsha immediately praised God for allowing her to see this beautiful illustration of one of her favorite verses. We all grow weary. But when we feel that we can't go on, scripture encourages us to put our hope in God. God is aware of and concerned for our plight. Just as the little bird appeared to gather strength from resting on the hawk and was able to continue his journey, we can trust God to renew our strength, enabling us to continue. Then, with our hope and strength renewed, we too can begin to soar.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for renewing our strength when we place our hope in you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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