What Now?

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)


Mary Alice Potter is from North Carolina. A few years ago she retired from ministry after about 40 years and then four months later her husband died after a long illness. He had also been in ministry over 40 years. Mary's grief continues to be monumental. As time goes by she asks herself, "What now?" Day by day she waits for the Lord to lead her. Volunteer opportunities abound, but at this point in her life, her scoliosis limits her physical activities.

One day recently it came to her mind that she has written sermons and articles for years; what about trying to write devotionals? So here she is writing devotionals, hoping to continue a new way of ministry.

Isiah asks, "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Is. 40:28, NIV). Those who faint and grow weary are given power and strength regardless of age. The prophet reminds us, "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: 31 (NRSV)

Prayer: Dear God, our Creator, nourish us as we wait for your leading, in Jesus' name, amen.


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