The African Cheetah is an incredible animal. As the fastest land animal on the planet it can reach a top speed of 70 MPH in just 3 seconds. However, it can only maintain that speed for short spurts. It seems the problem has something to do with the animals inability to cool his blood down enough from the extra work of creating such speed before it returns to the brain. The cheetah can reach total exhaustion rather quickly. A BBC news article reported that four Kenyan tribesmen actually were able to outrun a cheetah in a four mile race. They had good motivation. It all started because a cheetah was regularly feeding on the village goats. So the men waited for the hottest part of the day and began to chase the cheetah until it just couldn’t run any longer. The tribesmen capture the animal and turned him over to the Kenyan Wildlife Service for relocation.
But I got to thinking about just how much we have in common with this animal. Don’t we run much of our own lives at times on our own strengths, as impressive as we may think our abilities are, they are short lived, and we can be captured by our circumstances. We go full throttle, trying to handle everything completely on our own only to fall short, with total exhaustion of our resources. Don’t we often go to God only AFTER we have tried everything else?
Isaiah reminds us in chapter 40 that we are like wildflowers that soon wither under the heat of the sun. We must remember that our gifts, talents and abilities were entrusted to us by God for His service. They are to be guided and nourished by Him and not to be exercised in our own strength.
It’s only when we again realize that we can’t do it all on our own strength, it’s only when we realize that we are at the end of ourselves and seek God that He awaits to offers us His comfort. He can and will renew our strength. By His Spirit He can enable us to rise up on “wings like eagles” or to “run and not be weary, to walk and not be faint“.
So don’t run on your own short lived strength. Seek God in all circumstances for His never failing source of strength, hope and joy in your life.
Sharing His Spirit, tRP