It was late June 1981 and camp meeting time in Mount Vernon, Ohio. My two very active children were eager to get to their evening meeting in the Primary tent. While I was enjoying the adult meetings, I was also getting rather tired of that long trek up the hill. This would be at least the third time that day I had walked up the hill to the Primary tent with seven-year-old Amy and six-year-old Joey. Sometimes we took the winding paved road and other times they would want to use the steps. Those wide and long steps are very awkward for anyone to use. Being a person of short stature, I had to take two steps on every one of those 70 plus cement steps that lead to the top of the hill. That evening Joey was not in the least bit tired. He went racing up the hill with his sister close behind. With a groan I tried to keep up with them, but quickly realized that I wasn’t going to make it. Cupping my hands to my mouth, I called to them to stop and wait for me. When I got close enough so they could hear me, I told them that I did not have their energy. Looking right at Joey I asked him if he could share some of his energy with me. With a quizzical expression on his face, Joey asked, “What’s energy, Mama?” I told him that energy helped him to keep running and playing without getting tired. Again, I asked him to share some of his energy. Now I’m not exactly sure what I expected him to do, but it didn’t take him long to respond. His blue eyes sparkled as he grinned and said, “Sure, Mama!” He then stood on tiptoe to reach up and give me the biggest and tightest hug; his hug of energy. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so tired!
In my Christian walk, I find myself facing problems and difficulties that are just as challenging as those cement steps. I get tired of the struggle in my own strength and I’m tempted to give up and forget the rough climb up the mountain of adversity. My loving Lord reminds me to call out for HIS strength and energy. I can imagine His eyes sparkling as He inspired Isaiah to write, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those 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.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV)
“Today, Abba, I am waiting. Please renew my strength. Please share with me Your energy.”
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