Have time and events in your life worn you down? Do you want to bounce back and be alive again?
Look at the sun: its hot, bright, burning energy emit sunshine and warmth to the whole world. Its power is unceasing and unblinking; it is on all the time for as long as humanity can remember. Just when it is setting down on some countries’ horizons, it is simultaneously on the path to rising up on others’.
The sun is a great physical manifestation of the Creator’s constancy and faithfulness. The sun is always there, which means God is always there. He set up the sun, along with the moon and stars, for us; thereby, establishing the solar, lunar, and stellar systems of the universe (Gen. 1.16).
The sun is also a great example of resiliency: in the sense that it sets down at the end of the day, leaves the scene for darkness to come; but thereafter, rises up and shines again after dawn. It faithfully shows up again after every rainfall or snowstorm,too. It is a “springing back” up after going down cycle, which goes on and on.
One of the word’s meaning (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus) is: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to change and misfortune.
This is a trait, especially children of God have that others don’t. Adversities, difficulties, or just plain unexpected, unseen circumstances or events come and go; but after each time, a child of God “bounces back”, and consequently, stronger or better than his or her former state every time. This writer terms it as “resilient energy”: power that comes back on after lying low or shutting down.
Analogy with a power plant:
There are types of power plants: coal-fired, hydro-electric, nuclear, etc. These plants run for good, as long as the need for their services. Their purpose, as their names imply, is to provide electrical power or energy to the population. They feed on raw materials depending on what types they are. For example, coal-fired type feeds on coal; hydro-electric on falling water; and nuclear on uranium. Periodically, they undergo maintenance shutdowns, partially or wholly, to keep its optimum working capacity. Afterwards, they go back on running again.
Similarly, at times, we wear down due to work, stress, unpleasant experiences, etc. We do not stay down though. We turn back on again because of the inherent resilient energy in us. Because we are in the flesh, we take breaks to recover or recuperate. But as always, the recurring strength is there.
Let us look at the declarations of a prophet named Isaiah in the Bible:
“Has thou not known? has thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding”. (Is. 40.28 KJV)
This is the reason why the sun does not run out: because its Creator and maintainer “fainteth not, neither is weary”. If our Creator tires out, the sun simultaneously fades out.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strengh”. (Is. 40.29)
The prophet Isaiah was referring to the humble people who seek and rely on God, who do not have their own strength.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary; and the young men shall utterly fall” (Is. 40.30)
The people implied here are those who rely on their strength. In the long run, human power will not last.
“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“. (Is. 40.31)
We are talking about continual energizing and re-energizing here by the same Source who maintains the sun! What more could one ask for?
Let us be like the sun that rises up every morning and after every storm; and like a power plant, whose raw material feed is the Spirit, that keeps churning out power and energy, regardless of time.
So, If any one out there is tired and worn out, and feels the passage of time is dragging him or her down – pray and seek the Source of endless energy that you may bounce back again forevermore.