Steep Hills

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 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 strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NRSV)

The Lord said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NRSV)

Growing old is for the birds, they say, and Dara H. Gunnell, from North Carolina, would most wholeheartedly agree! But she sure wouldn't trade the wisdom that has come with age for her younger years. So in these latter years of graying hair, one morning Dara and her husband decided it would be good to begin walking for exercise. Each day they started by going down their street, then turning the corner to a nice long, flat stretch. But to make it back home, they have to climb a steep hill. That's when Dara says to her husband, "I'd like to grab your arm to help me up!"

Their morning walk has become a great time for them to pray once they come to that hill - Dara just can't talk and walk it at the same time. It seems to be God's way of giving us a perfect time to be still - a perfect prayer time.

Dara has come across some "steep hills" in life that make her feel pretty weak. That's when she grab hold of the promise that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. Actually, she tries to remember to rely on God every day - not just when steep hills confront her. But when they do, God's grace and strength prove sufficient every time.

Prayer: Dear Lord, strengthen our faith. Help us to remember that your strength never wavers and that you are ready to help us when we call out to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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