I was running the race of life, and the wind was at my back;there was never a fairer day to run, never a smother track. So with my head held high as the miles raced by, I ran with careless ease. I would run this race, I would win first place so my Master I would please.
Then an unforseen hand rudely pushed me down, and I fell with a thud in the cold, cruel ground; and broken and bruised, I began to cry as the other runners all passed me by. "Lord, help me please! I'm tired and sore; I don't think I can make it, I just want to die, I don't even have what it takes to try.
And as I lay bleeding upon the ground, a vast "cloud of witnesses" gathered round. They were heroes of old, all the saints of the ages, who through weakness were strong and through faith made courageous. They started to cheer and to wildly applaud, and their voices rose up giving glory to God, and then to myself I said, "How can this be?" For the saints of the ages were cheering for me!
Then Abel cried out, "There is power in the blood!" And Noah said, "He'll keep you safe through the flood." Then Jacob said, "Weary one, lean on the Lord," And Moses cried out, "Child, look to the reward!" Then Sarah stepped forward, holding Abraham's hand, and they both said, "Trust God when you don't understand." In God\'s promises, child, you must always believe, For sometimes He'll do things you just can't conceive. Come on! You can do it! Get up off your face and run with endurance the rest of the race, and remember, my child, when your strength is all gone, the saints of the ages are cheering you on!"
So I rose to my feet midst their thunderous ovation and started to run with great determination; and that's when I saw Him, my Savior and Lord, And I knew in my heart I must win the reward to cast down before Him the crown that I'd won, and to hear Him say to me, "Well done, child, well done!"
~Janice Rogers Edmiston~
Can you relate to this word picture of the race of life? Sometimes life's race seems more like a "rat race". Always chasing after that bit of cheese!! It is sometimes hard to understand as that "unforseen" hand pushes us down to the ground bruising and breaking us and our spirits. Sometimes it seems that others do run right on past us leaving us in the dust. Others get the "breaks" in life, or so it seems, the job promotions, the raises, the new cars, the new house, etc. It is at this point the devil wants to rub it in and make us feel helpless, useless, and unworthy of anything good in our lives. But what we don't always see is that vast "cloud of witnesses" that are gathered round us. Isn't that exciting?? Isn't that challenging to think and listen real close and hear that faint, "come on, you can do it"? Sometimes that is all we need! And then we feel the energizing strength flow through us as we hear:
"Come on! You can do it! Get up off your face and run with endurance the rest of the race, and remember, my child, when your strength is all gone, the saints of the ages are cheering you on!"
Keep on running your race, don't give up, pick up the pieces and carry on to the finish. Trust God to give you strength and determination to run your life's race . . . on to victory!!!
"but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward for those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phil 3:13-14?
Author Bio I am Diana Sorenson. I am a church secretary and also work part-time for a faith-based ministry that reaches out the “near-homeless” to help them transition back into the stream of life.
I came out of a 29 year marriage and dealt with verbal, emotional, mental, & financial abuse. I’ve learned the impact of “words” on people both uplifting and damaging.
Psalms 19:14 is my prayer – “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” It is my hope that something in my blog will encourage and uplift someone out there that may be struggling with some of the same issues I have and realize there is hope and help.
You can find me on the web at http://www.thegrazingground.blogspot.com