“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).
Superheroes are a staple of the entertainment industry. Through popular archetypical characters like Batman we are usually feasted to larger than life figures with irrepressible energy. Almost every child who has been treated to such movies like Spiderman can imagine himself endowed too with those flying powers quite immune to any danger.
The real life is though different. Unlike the superheroes of our movies no one has such boundless energy we are so easily entertained with. Even the most amazing athletes like Usain Bolt eventually tire and hung in their shoes, or just fade away, their bodies much weakened, as we saw of the once great Muhammad Ali who loved to praise himself as “the greatest!” There is no real life as such which is ever on the high.
In life we grow tired, fall sick and often feel weak. Even for Christ who took on our very human nature we know that just before he was crucified he too was terrified. In fact, “he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Mathew 26: 39). Yes, even for Christ there was that low moment where he had to fall on his knees and seek strength from above!
Sometimes we find those in life who act like superheroes, behaving as if they are immune to normal challenges that make any life weak. They will never confess of their weakness and might even feel ashamed to feel down and low. But life is not a movie; in the fallen world we live in, there are those low moments any can experience. And as was with Christ, where we too experience such low moments let us look up to God to strengthen us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in those moments where I am low and weak, I turn and look up to you, to give me all the strength I need for victory, this I pray in Jesus’s name!