“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:1-2
In the beginning of this journey with Charlie, Bob heartily suggested that we lace up our racing shoes in preparation for the marathon we had only just begun. At that time those words felt overwhelming and even a bit scary to me. I wasn’t sure I was capable of the race that lay ahead of us, and I honestly didn’t want to run this particular race. Why would you run the Deseret marathon with steep hills and high altitude when you could run the Napa Valley marathon with small slopes and low altitude? Why? Well, Hebrews tells me why, because this is THE race God has “set before us” and he and only he is the “author and finisher of our faith.” This is why I have to and want to run whatever race He sets before me.
My mama has been in my thoughts much through this trial. She taught me so much about perseverance, faith, and joy in trials. I remember standing at the finish line of many of her races with great anticipation of seeing her face round the corner and press on towards the finish line. It was thrilling, chilling, and all around amazing! She would give it all she had even after already having run 26 miles. She always looked beautiful to me, but not everyone crossing that finish line was beautiful, actually I have vivid memories of blood, blisters, vomit, sweat, and tears. You see, these marathon finishers would give it their all- so as to win the prize. This is what God has called us too- running so as to win the prize. Lord, help me to cheerfully recieve this race that you have entered me into and to run so as to win…for your glory!
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Photo 2: David praying with his teammates before a cross country race.