UPDATE: PRAYING FOR ALL THE RUNNERS, SPECTATORS, AND RESIDENTS OF BOSTON TONIGHT IN THE WAKE OF THE EXPLOSIONS. MAY THE LORD GRANT YOU PEACE.
In honor of all the folks running the Boston Marathon today, I thought I’d repost this snippet from Daily Smooches! God bless and be safe, my running friends!!!
A friend of mine recently shared with me her experience of running the Boston Marathon. She told me that when she hit mile 19, it was so difficult and painful that she wanted to quit. She realized that stopping would provide the relief she desperately was seeking in that moment – but only for that moment.
You see, she also realized that stopping meant she would be left with a lasting regret of not finishing what she started. And so she developed a plan to stay in the race and finish those last 7.2 miles. She decided to break it down and simply run from water station to water station, stopping to get a refreshing drink, and then move on to the next water station and so on, until she reached the finish line. It worked! She no longer was fixated on the pain that would increase as she ran 7.2 more miles. Instead, she focused on the refreshment that would nourish and see her through to the end of the race. And indeed, Liz, my friend, finished the race, with a personal record under her belt to boot!
Now there’s a definite spiritual lesson in there, ladies! We aren’t so dissimilar to Liz in our own personal races, are we? We are tempted to quit when the going gets tough. Even when the “race” isn’t hard, and is just a little mundane or boring, we get complacent, slow down, veer off course to what may look like a more exciting route. But what can (and should!) sustain us is the LIVING WATER Jesus offers each of us!
“So they grow strong, like a tree planted by a stream – a tree that produces fruit when it should and has leaves that never fall. Everything they do is successful.” Psalm 1:3, ERV
There is nothing as sustaining and refreshing in this race called life as the love, wisdom, and voice of God!
“If you’re feeling a little off track right now…I’d like to introduce you to the sweetest voice you’ve ever heard, the voice who will guide you home, love you up, and set you straight! That voice is God’s.” Wendie Connors, The KISS, pages 28-29.