March 26 – Isaiah 40:31

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

This verse is probably one of the most famous verses in the Bible to be put on a poster, a picture, or on a T-shirt. It was also made famous from the movie, Chariots of Fire. It’s inspiring! It speaks of renewed strength, soaring like an eagle, running forever and never wearing out. I’ll take two of those please!

A few years ago, I decided to run a half marathon. I’m not a runner by any means, but I had it in my heart that I was going to do it. I didn’t train enough. I wasn’t completely ready, but I did as much as I could to prepare myself for this race of a lifetime. I bought a membership to a fitness club, bought new running shoes, and purchased new clothes. I’ve never been in a race before, so when the race was getting started, I thought I should go to the starting line. I noticed a lot of people were lined up all down the street, but I figured “How dumb! This is a race! I want to start in the front!”

What I didn’t realize is that people lined up according to their abilities. The people in the front of the line were the elite runners, you know the guys who do this for a living? As the race started, I slowly jogged my way through the first 50 meters. After all, it’s a marathon! I quickly found myself being bumped into and pushed out of the way by a lot of frustrated, professional runners. Now, I was in trouble and realized what I had done. So, I started running faster and faster. At the end of my first mile, with many miles to go, I was exhausted. I had over 12 miles to go. How would I ever finish the race?

Somehow, I found inspiration. I was wearing a pink shirt in honor of my mom who was going through cancer treatments at the time. I was going to finish this race for her! I thought about my faith and all the great promises in the Bible that say God will be our strength. I was going to finish this race for Him. I thought about that scripture in Isaiah 40:31. My hope would not be in my pre-race training, my new shoes, or my cool Adidas shorts. I would hope in the Lord. He would renew my strength. I would soar like an eagle, run this race and not grow weary, walk through this defining moment and not quit.

Did I win the race? No, not even close. However, through a lot of inspiration from friends along the way, faith, and that really weird jelly energy stuff called “GU”, I finished the race. Let this verse inspire you to run the race of your life, soar like an eagle, and fly like one of those Nike sponsored elite runners! By the way, I finished the race without throwing up. I know that’s too much information, but it was a big deal to me. Keep running!