This is a wonderful passage for those of us who feel weary or that perhaps God has forgotten us. It really stood out to me the other day, and I decided to put it on a starry background.
"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....
Why do you complain, Jacob?"1
I didn't know it when I chose it for this passage, but the background is part of a star system that in some parts of the world is known as Jacob's Staff! How remarkably appropriate! Since I just thought it was pretty, I have no doubt that the One who made it helped me choose.
If you've been going through a very difficult time, it can be hard to hope. While writing this, the website froze, and while I was waiting for it to "thaw," I read, "Rather than protesting your situation and wishing it were different, consider this may not be the burial of hope, but a planting of it." 2 How perfect!
May you see His faithfulness in due time and may He renew your strength this year!
Reflections by Karine Oswalt
1. Isaiah 40:26-27 New International Version
2. Mark O. Wilson, Light from the Word, Wesley Bible Resources, 2014.
26 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. 27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 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.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 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 40:26-31 (NIV)