Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:00 28-31 (TLB)
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (TLB)
Jim Seymour's, from New York, high school track team had two hurdlers; one was graceful and fluid, hardly ever tipping over a hurdle; the other hit and tipped over many of the hurdles as he ran. The not-so-graceful hurdler was the faster of the two.
Even though Jim was not a hurdler, he had his own obstacles to overcome as a miler on the track team. Because of some physical limitations, Jim often finished well behind the top finishers in competitions, but it was not for lack of desire or preparation. Jim never gave up and always finished every race.
In life, we face many hurdles and challenges. Many seem insurmountable. We may not want to face these difficulties, and we may want to give up. But with God's help, we can gain the strength to overcome any obstacle - even those we face every day. When we share our concerns, God will show us the way. All God asks us to do is to run the race set before us with faith in God's ways.
Prayer: God of all strength and compassion, help us to seek you in times of need so that we may continue to run the race you have set before us, in Jesus' name. Amen.