Reaching the Finish Line

The road is long and narrow. The sun beats down as a lone runner crests the hill and enters the wide curve. The road stretches out before him.  A white chalk line reaches across the road in front me as I stand at the finish line watching. The race has been long and difficult for him but the finish line is in sight.

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” 1Cor. 9:24

The world offers so many things that can distract us from the long race ahead. Our journey with Christ is as a marathon race. We must persevere, train, stay focused, and persistently reach out for the prize at the end of our journey. If we stumble along the road Christ is there to pick us up. He is there cheering us on and giving us the strength to take yet another step down the long, narrow, and winding road. I think His angels are standing with us encouraging us, “You can make it. Don’t give up!”

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is before us.” Heb. 12:1

My husband was a runner. He ran several marathons, as well as shorter races, and we had the T-shirts to prove it! His training varied depending on the length of the race he would be entering. A marathon is 26.2 miles long. It’s grueling and the preparation seemed to never end. At times he would take a day off from the training. But he never gave up.

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Don’t we feel that way at times? Don’t we get tired of all the preparation? We go to church, we pray, we reach out to others, testify, spout all the “right” things and then sit back and at times wonder if its all worth it. “Is God even hearing my prayers?” The worldly influences begin caving in all around us and like any runner we are tempted to give in, relax, take the easy road, “just this once.”

As I watch the lone runner coming closer I can see there is no sweat. His running shorts are not the ragged and worn shorts he considered his “lucky shorts” and have seen many miles. His “muscle shirt” is fresh and completely dry. His tennis shoes have no scuff marks or dangling shoe strings from pounding the pavement. They’re brand new. His hair, as in other races, isn’t plastered to his head as though he’s run through the shower. He looks fresh. He looks more alive than I’ve ever seen him before!

His focus is intense as his legs stretch out just a little bit farther as he approaches the solid white chalk line. He’s looking straight ahead as his arms reach high above his head in a sign of victory. His right foot raises high above the finish line. He’s right in front of me. He suddenly turns his head and looks straight into my eyes and says, “I made it, Sue-Sue. I crossed the finish line.”

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2Tim. 4:7

As his foot falls toward the other side of the chalk line the vision disappears. I suddenly feel the doctors hand gentle on my shoulder and he’s telling me my husband is gone.

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This is a true story. The Lord blessed me with being able to see my husband finish the race he began many years before. It’s something I will never forget for it is encouragement to me to continue to put one spiritual foot in front of the other and to keep my eyes on the finish line.

I hope this has been an encouragement to you to not lose focus. Enjoy the video.

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13 thoughts on “Reaching the Finish Line

  1. As soon as I started reading, I hoped you would draw on the vision you had of your husband’s “finish line” experience. What an encouraging image to keep before us. There really is a finish line, and someday I will cross it. Hallelujah! (I’m really enjoying your book!)

  2. Hi Debbie: Oh yes. That is something I will never forget. One of the biggest blessings the Lord has given me. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my autobiography. I don’t know where you are in the book but have some tissues handy, too. 🙂 Have a blessed week-end.

  3. Very inspiring Sue. You’re a great writer as well. Thank you for sharing! 😀

  4. Thank you Levi! What a nice compliment. Have a blessed week-end.

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony and for the challenge to us of running the race, looking unto Jesus.
    Victory is guaranteed to all blood-bought adopted children of God, but we have a responsibility and are accountable for the way in which we run the course.
    We serve an incredibly amazing God!

  6. Focus has been in my mind these past few days, it’s so hard. There are so many distractions it’s ridiculous. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Oh I agree. It is difficult at times but that’s what the enemy wants, to keep us distracted. Prioritize and its easier. Thank you for stopping by.

  8. Thank you Sue! I am so thankful for you and for you directing me here at a later date. Your vision and your husband’s race continues to inspire me today to persevere and to keep placing one foot before the other in God’s race. May we finish the race and cover the trails God intends for each of us. Blessings in your race!

    • Thank you Tom. I was not a believer when my husband stepped over that finish line but got saved 13 days later. It is my hope that it will inspire others to continue their race. It continues to inspire me. Blessings to you.

  9. What a great testimony that was, Sue. Thanks for being willing to share it, and most of all glad now you can finish your own race well.

    🙂

    • Thank you Wally. I think I’ll reblog it so as to hopefully encourage others. I’m running my race as best I can and hoping to step over that finish line with a great big smile. 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on Sue's Pen2PaperBlog and commented:

    I published this a couple of years ago. I hope it’s an inspiration to keep running.

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