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Sparrows and Strength

February 17, 2012 0 comments

“To whom will you compare me?
   Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
   Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
   and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
   not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob?
   Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD;
   my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
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 40:25-31

I am often tempted to rely on my own strength.  When I do that, it encourages me to work harder and harder.  This passage reminds me that God's understanding and strength is far beyond any human's.  Christians have the privilege to be a part of His work in the world (at SHC, that is sharing His love through health care), but it's not because we have the innate strength and skill to do so.  I hope Isaiah's words encourage you both in GOD's power and ability, and in His intimate concern for His creation.  "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Luke 12:7)  These truths are our hope, and the hope we offer to our patients.

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