"Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak." Isaiah 40:30-31 Good News Translation

Summer is the most intensive season of ministry each year. Programs offered in the form of mission trips, camps, retreats, and leadership training are like "jet fuel" designed boost relationships to the highest levels. God has blessed our prayers, plans and efforts to move students (and leaders) into a fuller understanding of Jesus Christ and His call on their lives. It is breathtaking to watch the Spirit of God move in our midst. As I found myself asking rhetorically again and again this summer, "How can we NOT be changed when we have been standing in the presence of the Living God?" We have been lifted up upon the wings of eagles.

As we launch a new school year of outreach, I catch my breath for a moment to consider what is next. My busiest season of travel and mission begins in June and runs through February. But now is the time to launch a new school year of mission as YFC Deaf Teen Quest. What wisdom do I have to share as we start the school year? My greeting is a hearty, Welcome Back to Trust in Action!

As we canoed at Eagle Rock camp this summer, the camp staff reminded us to "stay behind the lead canoe." As students were about to repel down a 50-foot rock face, camp staff made sure everyone was safe and encourage to "trust the rope" and lean horizontally away from the cliff wall. Trying to follow our natural inclination for remaining vertical when rappelling is a sure formula for bouncing your body against rocks. Spiritually, DTQ leaders provided the same kinds of wisdom and encouragement for experiencing new life in Christ. Waiting on the Lord, trusting in the Lord, following the Lord: these are all foundational values that we need for this incredible journey of a life committed to Jesus. We welcomed them into the family and challenged them to put trust into action.

"But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed..." Other translations say, "Those who wait on the Lord..." I treasure both word choices (remember, these are translations from the original languages into English). We wait on the Lord to lead us; we follow the Lord in ways that gives us strength for the task ahead. We will "run and not get weary" and "walk and not grow weak." This is why I decided upon using this particular translation, "those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed." It captures the heart of renewing our strength, making our plans, moving this mission forward... all with a commitment to trust in the Lord each step of the journey.

God calls to a posture of responsive, patient forward motion; waiting on the Lord is not an excuse for inaction. Trust means we are preparing ourselves for obedient actions. We are not the ones in front leading. We are followers of Jesus who are led by God's Spirit. God leads us to initiate outreach. This type of faith leads to renewal and endurance. Trusting in God and focused movement forward (whether running or walking) provides us vitality. It is energizing to race along behind the One who sets the pace and knows the course.

Welcome Back to Trust in Action! A new school year has begun (or is beginning soon). Start now. We can always talk ourselves into delaying active ministry, sometimes even spiritualize it as waiting on the Lord. Please don't unless you have a clear word from the Lord. Meet with your leaders soon and determine, "what is God up to this year and how can we join Him?"

Youth for Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

AMEN
 

Contact: Bob Ayres

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