Is Red Bull the only thing that gives you wings?

by: AJ Johnson, CDH9

I. Am. Exhausted.

The past few weeks have been exhausting and, for whatever reason, I haven’t been able to shake it. I just can't seem to keep up on the amount of sleep for the amount of energy I need. Now, to be honest, I literally just started drinking coffee a few weeks ago, so maybe that’s the culprit. I’m addicted. It’s a fact. Don't get me wrong, though, I have to add a ton of creamer: French vanilla, vanilla caramel, if it has the word vanilla in it, I'll probably pour it until it's cloudy, and not just partly cloudy, I'm talking about a thunderstorm starts brewin in that mug (see what I did there?), and then pour just a drop or 5 more.

Anyway, all that to say, for whatever reason I'm having a hard time finding the energy to persevere these past couple weeks, and Isaiah 40:28-31 has been encouraging for me, and I hope it can be for you too. I think it's best read/said/mentally exhorted in the voice of Maximus from Gladiator, William Wallace from Braveheart, or Aragorn at the Black Gate in Return of the King. (Choose wisely)

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? Our 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 to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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." (Emphasis added)

Wooooooo! Doesn't that get you PUMPED? It also reminds me of "Remember the Titans" when Rev and Blue start preaching, "Like eagles y'all, like eeeeeeagles!" It gets my blood flowing a little bit! I'm ready to get on that field and play!

Yall, our God is faithful. He provides for us when we feel weary. When we're weak, He is strong. He does not abandon us. He does not forsake us. Even when we feel like we aren't able to persevere any longer, He says "No, my child. Wait on me. Trust in me. Hope in me." And if we do these things, my brothers and sisters, we'll realize that our strength will not be contingent on our own power, which is here today and gone tomorrow, but on His, and He, my family, is everlasting!

As you pray this week, pray this verse over your life and ask the Lord to enable you when you are weary, and that His goodness and strength would go beyond our weaknesses!

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About the Author:

AJ Johnson was born and raised in Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas in December of 2013, and is currently a part of the Crossroads Discipleship Home with CKM and a Team Member at Chick Fil A. AJ has worked on Summer Staff with Crossroads for the past 5 summers, and will be returning for his sixth year in 2015 as the Morning Show Host and Athletics Director.