They that wait upon the Lord

They that wait upon the Lord
by Lynn Clark Callister
This article is an exerpt from a May 12, 1998 devotional address given in the de Jong Concert Hall. Lynn Clark Callister is a Brigham Young University associate professor of nursing. Printed with permission.
“Using repetition and completion, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “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.” (Isa. 40:31) My text is guided today by this magnificent promise, drawing on personal and professional life experiences, other scriptural passages, and the words of the prophets.
As a woman and a nurse researcher focusing on womenís health, when I first think of the word waiting, I think of women bearing children. Old Testament Hannah spoke of her experience when she said, “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.” (1Sam. 1:27)
Hannah waited upon the Lord. Patricia T. Holland has suggested that “women appreciate that word labor in a way that no man ever can” (1) I believe this is so. For nine months a woman carries a child both beneath and within her heart. Waiting nine long months and laboring long hours, she then gives birth.”
…”The phrase, “shall renew their strength” seems to imply receipt of the Holy Ghost as a comforter, which enlightens our minds, fills our soul with joy and literally renews our bodies (see D&C 11:13). The scriptures set forth that ”
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 (Isa. 40:31). These affirming words continue into the next chapter of Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isa. 41:10, 13). His promises are sure. Of this I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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