“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints, nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchble. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
It was the winter of 1983 when I first heard these verses. I was baby new in Christ. I had just given my life to Jesus about 8 months prior, and was attending what I believe was my first Highschool winter camp up at Twin Peaks…Calvary Chapel’s conference center/Bible College, back in the day.
I remember everything vividly from those days. I was so hungry for anything and everything Jesus. Hearing the Word of God was like eating a delicious 5 course feast after starving in the wilderness for so very long. I wanted it anywhere…all the time. It didn’t matter to me who was speaking. I didn’t know any of their names anyway. “Chuck who?…Richard whats-his-name…Raul?” As long as it was about this “Jesus” who I belonged to now, well then you bet I’ll be there.
So, back to the winter of 1983. My first Highschool winter retreat. I was 17 years old. Snow was falling in beautiful Crestline in the San Bernardino Mountains, and it was time for early morning devotions. I remember trudging through the snow, sleepy eyed, but non the less excited for what I would hear when I got to the small, round auditorium. I must have been a few minutes late, for when I got there the room was already filled with teenagers, and resonated with the beautiful sounds of guitar praise. Oh, how I loved that. It was like walking into Heaven. Sounds corny, I know…but so real, and still such a wonderful memory for me.
Our singing came to a close, and a young, fresh faced, what I would have called “surfer chick”, got up to give us the Word. She sat right at the front of that little round stage (I know some of you remember it). She didn’t sit in a chair. She sat cross legged on the floor, and opened her bible. She then read the above passage from Isaiah 40. She didn’t give an incredible dissertation on the passage. No three point study. She just read it. But, every once in a while…she would comment. “Oh, can you imagine it? It says we will mount up with wings like eagles, and run and not grow weary…and walk and not faint…” She was so sincere. So in love with Jesus. The words she simply read were life to me, and life changing. I remember thinking, “I wanna be just like her…cute, surfer chick, completely in love with Jesus, sitting on a stage, reading the Word of God to whoever wants to listen.” Well…maybe not a surfer chick 😉
I’m going through the book of Isaiah right now in my personal devotions. So, when I got to this passage in chapter 40 it triggered this wonderful memory. It brought back so clearly the simplicity of what it felt like…what it meant to only want Jesus. To want everyone else to want Him too. I’m feeling such a need for that First Love these days. There’s too much trial and tribulation going on in these United States, not to mention the whole world, to not give people the simple truth. It’s real. It’s the only thing that will satisfy, and people are starving in the wilderness. They need to know they can mount up on wings as eagles. They can run and not be weary. They can walk and not faint.
“Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.”
simply in love with Him
p.s. No offence meant toward Chuck Smith, Richard Cimino, or Raul Ries…their names are well known to me.