God gave me a neat analogy on my morning run today,
thanks to a conversation with my new friend, Holly.
We were talking about how mental running is. Conversation turned to the last (and I do mean LAST!) half-marathon I ran in December. (The first half I ever ran was an amazing experience.) The only reason I wanted to do this local half involved having my family at the finish line. It was a windy day and I didn’t feel too well from about mile 9 to the finish line.
We talked about how tempting it is when you’re by yourself to walk, give up, and not push through. I told her the only thing keeping me going, besides prayer, was knowing my man and my boys were waiting for me at the finish line. Holly said, “How great is it that God provided someone for you at the finish line to help you get through the race?!” As I processed that comment (because I was too winded to respond! :-)) I thought of how that could be such an encouragement in my spiritual life.
God is waiting for me at the Finish Line!
(this might not be a new revelation to many of you, but it just hit me in such a sweet personal way today!)
He, along with the saints in heaven, is cheering me on!
He gives me everything I need to run this race of life well!
He has plans for my success!
What inspiration to keep going, not walk, not give up, and not faint!! (Galatians 6:9)
Here are some of the scriptures that came to mind as I thought about the Finish Line.
- Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him (at the Finish Line – my addition) endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
- 1 Corinthians 9:4 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
- 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
We’re in this for the long haul.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, knowing He’s waiting for us at the finish line, cheering us on as we run.
I want to hear, “Well-done, good and faithful servant”
I want to “run and not be weary, walk and not faint”
I want to keep that Finish Line in sight!
and I’m glad I have people here on earth and in heaven who help me do just that!
How’s it going, fellow race-runners?