Wait and Watch

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Isaiah 40:27-31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength . . . they shall walk and not faint. (v. 31)

A friend recently described a prayer prompt that uses color. On her prayer walk one gray Michigan day, when there was little color to be found in nature, for some reason she asked God to make her aware of his presence whenever she saw something yellow. As she walked, she became amazed at how frequently yellow appeared in her surroundings, on road signs, parking lot stripes, a garage wall, a bouncy ball in a yard, and more. Soon she saw yellow everywhere. Maybe this was merely coincidental, yet with each “yellow sighting,” she praised and thanked God for his unwavering presence.

Sometimes we need tangible reminders that God is our hope and strength. He will help us soar like eagles, run without weariness, and walk without fainting as we look for evidence of his presence in nature all around us. Waiting for the Lord doesn’t mean being passive, but actively looking for ways that God shows up. Read the entire chapter of Isaiah 40 to see how God worked throughout the history of his people, comforting, saving, leading, caring, and revealing his amazing love and power.

As you walk through your day, ask God for concrete reminders for hope and strength. Then open your eyes to the ways he reveals himself to you. Replace weariness with watchfulness. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Show us your presence and power as we walk with you. Open our eyes to see how you are working in our lives.