- end-of-the-day-tired when it’s just time to go to bed.
- over-tired from lack of sleep.
- dog-tired from over-exertion.
- worry-tired from the drain of anxiety.
- routine-tired from the same old, same old.
- age-tired from not being as young as we used to be.
- sick-and-tired from being fed up.
- illness-tired when normal body functioning breaks down.
- burden-tired from the weight of concern.
- endurance-tired from the grind over the long haul.
- heartsick-tired that comes from hope deferred.
- spiritual-tired caused by discouragement.
Because there are so many ways we get tired, we are always in need of renewal.
Recently, I was graced with a splendid opportunity for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. I spent a couple of days on Mount Princeton in Colorado—beautiful setting, comfortable lodging, relaxing pace, wonderful community. I could list many reasons why that weekend was a renewing experience.
But I believe there was one primary reason God brought me up that mountain.
He wanted to show me the stars.
I haven’t seen stars like that in 30 years. The night sky was blanketed with them. God told me to take a good look at them.
“Look at the night skies:
Who do you think made all this?
Who marches this army of stars out each night,
counts them off, calls each by name
—so magnificent! so powerful!—
and never overlooks a single one?”
Suddenly, any thought that God would ever lose track of the details of my life, or that I could somehow slip through His fingers, was utterly absurd to me.
And I recognized that, as often as I get tired, I can draw upon the renewing might of the One who made the stars. As often as my heart fails, and my spirit falls, I can experience the uplift of His power. I can mount up with eagle’s wings, and be carried along on the currents of His Spirit.
As I looked up into the night sky, my spirit soared.
Are you learning to fly?
(Special thanks to guest artists, David, Jonathan, and Elisabeth for their eagle’s wings drawings!)