Do You Live In Your Own Strength?

I’ve been pondering, worrying and processing so many things lately that I’ve worn myself out! Have you ever done that? Analyzed too much or overthought something to the point your body is physically exhausted? Apparently, I can be good at it.

I was reading Isaiah 40:28-31 and wanted to share it with you.

“Have you not heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.” (NLT)

What a powerful idea! God cannot get tired or exhausted. He is always available to us if we ask for his strength.

Talking and writing about living in God’s strength is the easy part. But the ability to learn how to do it consistently is the hard part. And it has been a theme in my life. In fact, I thought I had already learned this and had it under control. Which is the very realization along with that I’d utterly exhausted myself evidenced that I still had a lot to learn.

I felt like I had new eyes and saw this in a fresh new way recently. I was playing with my niece and she asked to wear my bracelet. Which just so happens to have the word “strength” imprinted upon it. I gladly handed it over thrilled with the smile that brought to her small face. A couple hours later as we began our walk to the park, she handed it back to me as said, “Here you go Aunt Bri-Bri. So, I don’t lose it.”

I took it and placed it back on my wrist. Appreciative of how she wanted to take care of my bracelet for me. And I thought about how my niece borrowed my strength, then when she didn’t need it anymore she gave it back to me. Just like I do with God.

I beg for his strength when I’m desperate. And he always gives it to me.

As soon as the crisis is over or I’m doing better, I give it right back to God. Telling him, “You take it back God, I don’t need it anymore. I’m good. I’ve got this thing called life down! I can do it on my own now.”

Then a while later when I’m once again in over my head, which always happens at some point, I beg him for his strength to once again carry me through.

It is a dangerous yo-yo game that I play with an infinitely patient and loving God.

I cannot understand the depths of His character and am so thankful for it as I’m attempt to do things differently and in the midst of rewriting my story.

How about you? What is your yo-yo with God? Is it the same as min, where you think you’re in control of your own life? Or is it something else entirely?

Join me on my journey of surrendering daily to God becoming more like His son and less like me living each day in His grace and strength.

“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.” -1 Chronicles 16:11 & Psalm 105:4

Strength bracelet Bri