I think many of us fall into the trap of gauging things by how easy they are. We want to make minimal changes in our life to see maximum outcomes. We try hard for a time, but if we don’t see results right away, we get discouraged, assume we must be doing something wrong, and change course.
Have you ever seen anyone run a marathon, or heard them talk about it? I have several marathoners in my circle of friends and family. Every single one that I’ve talked to explains places in the race where things get really hard. They hurt. Their legs feel like jello. They feel numb. They feel physically sick. Yet, they press on. They have the finish line on view. Even if they can’t yet see that shiny red tape, they see it in their mind’s eye, and they don’t stop until they get there.
Life is a marathon my friends. It is not a sprint. It’s not a 5k. One might even argue that life is more like an Iron Man Triathlon. But, and this is a big but, we have the Prince of the universe running right along side us. The. Whole. Way. He has charted the course. He has scouted the obstacles and trials. He has removed the deadly snares and he runs beside us, cheering us on, urging is not to give up. And we can have the assurance that if we keep running and our legs give out, he will pick us up and run for us ’till we are strong again. But He will not let go.
Where are you at in your marathon today? Are you atop a high mountain? Are you running up a steep cliff? Wherever you are, know that Christ is right there running with you, and because of that you can keep running with endurance. You can mount up with wings of eagles (Isaiah 40:31). It may not be easy, it may be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but press on. Press on. The prize is worth far more than you could ever imagine.