Dr. Ken Pickerill – “Waiting, Then Serving”
“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 40:31
Stewardship is defined as “the individual’s responsibility to manage his or her life and property with proper regard to the rights of others.” Within the context of the church, stewardship is often perceived as having to do with commitment to finances, time, and talents (skills). This verse from Isaiah speaks to an aspect of stewardship that fits into a different mold. “But those who wait for 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.”
All aspects of our lives are meant to be offered in stewardship for God’s kingdom on earth. Part of that challenge is maintaining balance in all the realms of life so that physical, emotional and spiritual energy is available when needed. Isaiah reminds us that, even before we walk or run in service to others, we should avail ourselves of times of waiting. Henri Nouwen, in his devotional work, Bread for the Journey, indicates this is not about aloneness but rather solitude. “Solitude is the garden for our hearts…It is a place where our aloneness can bear fruit…it is essential for our spiritual lives.” Let us wait on the Lord so that we will be daily equipped for serving others in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Dr. Kenneth Pickerill, Professor of HPERA