A Sunrise of Strength

by Katy Kauffman

One morning my heart was sad. Although I was half-awake, I started focusing on the wrong thing, and I needed God’s help to refocus my attention and strengthen my heart. Even though I wanted more sleep, I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse I needed.

Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
Isaiah 52:1 NKJV

The “awake, awake!” part got my attention. But more importantly, this verse called on God’s people to put on strength. This passage in Isaiah talks about God restoring His people after they had been in captivity.

Is your heart help captive by something? Too often we let our hearts become captive to sorrow, fear, anger, or sin; and we are lulled into despair or apathy. We may think, Things will always be this way or I just don’t care anymore.

God calls us to “awake!” and depart from our captivity (Isa 52:11). He wants us to leave behind the burdens of guilt and despair, and to embrace His ways instead, His ways that are good for us and build us up in godliness. He wants us to put on strength and to share life’s journey with Him in the fullness of His joy and power. The darkness of weakness and helplessness shatters into a sunrise of strength when we draw close to God, remember who He is and all He has given us, and step forward into the light of His goodness.

After realizing that I had the choice of moving past sadness and adjusting my focus to be on God, my strength returned, and I was able to tackle the day. If a struggle has lulled you into a not-wanting-to-deal-with-it stupor, awake into God’s bright sunshine of joy and strength. He has not left you to handle life on your own. He is always with you. Find strength in His presence with you and in the hope and guidance that’s found in His Word. Put on your strength!


© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (3)

  • anon

    Hi Katy,
    Your post today reminded me of a poem I wrote during the summer when I was doing the radiation treatments. Same idea, when I turned my eyes to God the burden (the sadness) was lifted. Anyway, I thought I'd share it with you. Blessings, Joni
    Day three.
    The enemy has been given warning: there’s nowhere to hide as the silent battle wages.
    The Lord, my fellow soldier, is with me.
    Through this conflict, as well as in the early morning mist,
    We walk in a place of solace reserved for us alone.
    His strength becomes mine.
    I reach deep, drawing in cool refreshing breaths,
    Turn my face to the bright warm sun beside the steeple
    And grow my warrior wings.

    Nov 02, 2017
  • anon

    Wow, Joni. I love your poem. Thank you for sharing it. "Warrior wings" ... if only we could each grow those because the Lord walks with us. I imagine many do, but to have that mindset every day. I have thought about you and wondered how things were going. Thank you for leaving this here, and may God continue to strengthen you and bless you with His hope. Love, Katy

    Nov 02, 2017
  • anon

    Sleepiness and focusing on wrong thoughts are common problems. Your solution is perfect--seek the Lord in Scripture. I love it when a verse or passage speaks to my specific situation as yours did.

    Nov 02, 2017

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