I’ve joined a marathon in our school during college years. It’s an event where in all college departments were required to join. I’m not fond of it but it’s a requirement from school so I was forced to participate.
I remember, I easily got tired from walking and running because I’m not used to it. So when I had the chance, I stopped for a while and took a rest. Me and my friends bought ice cream to refresh ourselves. While resting, eating and enjoying my ice cream, I saw other students how they struggled hard to continue with the race and how focus and dedicated they are to finish the lane. And I noticed, they seemed to enjoy it, despite the thirst, sweat and hot weather.
Then I comforted myself saying, “it’s ok eventhough I will not be the first to finish the race. Anyway, my goal is not to compete with them but to finish the race with them.
To tell you honestly, out of hundreds of students who participated, I was the very last to finish the race. But, I am not ashamed of it. Hahaha. In fact, I was very happy and feeling accomplished because of all my struggles and difficulties, I still managed to finish the race and received my certificate as a reward.
Past 15 years later, I am again participating in a race. This time, it’s a spiritual race towards the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In a physical race, maybe it will take at least an hour to finish the 5km, 10km lane etc.
Let us bear in mind that our spiritual race will not only consume an hour of our life… but a lifetime. As long as we have the breath of life, our race goes on.
Now, the struggles and difficulties are not because of sweat and hot weather… but because of spirits and principalities.
The Lord is right in Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Whenever I feel tired and discouraged, eating ice cream to refresh myself will no longer do.
Because, it is my mind, my heart and my soul which is tired and discouraged. I need to come to Jesus to find rest. God’s words are refreshing and as the song goes, ‘Times of refreshing here in Your presence” Amen!
Rest is biblical and is fine, but we have to make sure, we rest in God’s arm and not in Satan’s arm. And while we rest, let us also take a glimpse of other brethren’s life to draw strength and inspiration. How they manage to keep moving and running their own race inspite of their own struggles and difficulties.
You see, we are all together on this spritual race, brothers and sisters.
But we are not here to surpass or compete with each other. Amen.
What matters most is that, may we all finish the race together, and receive not just a certificate, but a crown of life given by our Lord God Jesus Christ. Amen and amen!
Rejoice! Because the spirit of the Lord is within us to give us comfort, strenght and endurance to withstand the trials, as we continue running the race towards Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.