As I finished up my morning run on the beach, I felt the cool sweat dribbling down my face. The grit from the sand was evident on my forehead as I wiped the sweat from my brow. It was a tough run. After all, I had been injured for months now and getting back to running was tough especially on the sand. It reminded me of our life journey recently. Downsizing our life had been difficult. It caused us to sweat, and the remnants of the race were left on our brow just like that gritty sand.
Pete and I are in the midst of packing up our Florida vacation condo, and both of our emotions have left us feeling a little overwhelmed, yet at the same time relieved. We brought two of our three kiddos with us to enjoy one last trip to the condo, but our oldest stayed home with family. Megan qualified for the Semi State Cross Country Meet at the exact same time that we sold our condo. Her determination and effort this season has been amazing. It was sad to leave her behind, but I realized that her race was very important to her. I also realized that Pete and I had a race to complete too – and it would be so much better if we could complete it together.
Hebrews 10:35-36 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Doubt was seeping into me this morning. I was allowing it to take over my thoughts. I went back to a scripture that I had given Megan before her Regional race a week ago. I was throwing out my confidence, and God would have none of that. He had been changing my heart for months now and I needed to see it through. I needed to finish the race. I needed to run for His Glory, not mine.
During Megan’s race I always pray for the following:
1) That God’s Glory will shine through our runners
2) That each runner will see the strength that God has personally given them to finish the race.
3) That they will never give up – never doubt – always have confidence in God’s strength
This morning, I realized that this race that God had placed Pete and I in – he had done on purpose. By missing Megan’s big day, we caught a glimpse of the importance of the critical race that we were running in. Those prayers that I lift up for Megan while she runs are perfect for Pete and I. So today as we spend our last couple of days here – continuing to pursue God’s Glory in the race of downsizing – I will be praying:
1) That God’s Glory will shine through Pete and I
2) That Pete and I will see the strength that God has personally given us to finish this race.
3) That we will NEVER give up – NEVER doubt – and ALWAYS have confidence in God’s strength.
Doing God’s Will can bring in these feelings of doubt and insecurity, because the devil doesn’t want us to bring God Glory. Doubt can take our eyes off the race and encourage us to look behind (which you NEVER do as a runner). If we allow confidence to overtake that doubt, then God will strengthen us and provide us with the path to the finish. Don’t let doubt crawl its way onto your path. Run for the finish. Run for God’s Glory!