It's cold. There is heavy fog. We have no car so I begin my two mile jog to take my son to school. My older son is at home getting ready- I don't want him alone for long let alone leaving the house with no one to see him leave safely and get to school. I decide to run back, perhaps even swifter in order to attain this goal against the time that was pre-established.
On my return home, the fog remains thick and enveloping. I can't see ahead of me and I don't recognize the landscape in my familiar neighborhood. I stop looking for comfortable "signs" and I keep pressing forward- running faster and getting winded. In the past, I liked to see landmarks to encourage me on this journey home yet they are hidden by fog therefore my vision, my perspective was changed. I am resolved inside and I'm content to just run forward. I just run. Looking ahead to the prize, my great reward. I feel a freedom and gratitude to just be able to run and not "see" anything else around me. I run by faith now, not by sight. I'm running believing I'm closer to my goal and keep pushing forward. All I know is that I must keep running.
I needed to catch my breath for a minute and slowed down to a stop. I checked the time and realized my time was running out to get home before my son needed to leave. I couldn't stop now- I didn't want to miss it, my goal, my prize to see him off, to give him that blessing, prayer, and hug before we parted.
So I pushed forward and turned up the pace knowing that my heart compelled me to achieve the goal I set before me. I was going to finish this race.
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. 1 Corinthians 9:24
Are you running in such a way to get the prize? This morning wasn't comfortable for me, nor are many mornings. Your circumstances may not be comfortable for you either. Should we stop running, stop pushing forward? Are you winded? Do you need to catch your breath? If you do pause for a moment, will you return to your goal? Will you have more momentum when you resume that is compelled by the love of Christ that was given to you?
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Will you run the race for Him? Forget what is surrounding you- will you continue this race, in spirit and in truth and R-U-N for Jesus?
We often run this race and encounter moments of fog where we must walk by faith and not by sight. The goal has not changed- it's rules and regulations have been laid out for us in the Bible- our destination in Heaven awaits us being obedient to them.
Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
2 Timothy 2:5
But isn't Christ worth it? I received my blessing here on earth this morning as I often do by God in this race I'm in- He's just so kind like that to encourage us along the way. I made it in time to see my son, to pray with him, bless him, hug him, tell him I love him and see him safely to school. It was a challenge, it wasn't comfortable but I made it- and it was worth it!
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. Hebrews 21:1