Any runner will tell you that the last little bit of a marathon is the toughest. You’re tired, muscles are aching, feet are throbbing, you’re thirsty and your body cries for you to be finished or worse, it begs you to stop. Even well-seasoned, conditioned athletes who run or play other sports are ready for the game to be over in the last quarter yet they know they must finish. The end is not the time to quit.
Life is certainly that way. Every day we must decide to get up believing God has ultimate control of all this even when we see absolutely no evidence of His presence at all. I’m ashamed to admit it but there have been a few times I went to bed begging Him to let me wake up in heaven. I didn’t want to finish or survive anything else. I was just ready for it to be over.
As I recall when I felt that way, I would wake up refreshed and with just enough faith to get my weary body out of bed the next day knowing I was doing it simply because I believed Him and nothing else.
I know you’re tired and wounded. If people could see the inside of you, your heart, they would see an abstract – bloody and tattered pieces that don’t even resemble you. But keep going. This last little bit of the race is the most intense and everything in you begs for it to be over but keep on going. This DAY we weren’t promised but God gave it to us anyway and because He did, we have to believe He has a plan for it. Seek Him first, love like He wants you to and believe He knows what He is doing.
Good WILL come of this. It may not come like we think it should, it may come to someone else (very often it’s not about us at all), but it will come. He’s painting a bigger picture on a canvas that we can only see a corner of. He’s getting us to the place where we will agree to walk in absolute blind faith. After all, isn’t that what faith is? The Bible says faith is the EVIDENCE of things NOT seen (Hebrews 11:1) but it’s what is hoped for. If we carry on based on what we SEE that isn’t faith. We would surely be undone with no purpose or reason without faith and hope which we must determine is enough to keep on keeping on.
Keep running the race because you believe Him and believe in Him. Sometimes it appears there is just no other reason. I think He is working on our faith, perseverance and teaching us that He alone is enough. Even when it’s hard and you’re afraid, keep doing it anyway. Let’s finish this race strong. Who’s with me?
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1