Yesterday morning, as the kids and I were on our way to meet my husband, I felt nudged by these words…
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he ploughed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:2-3 The Message
Over the last couple of months my husband has been training. Training to be able to cycle a distance of 100km. Very early yesterday morning we set out to drop him off at the starting point. His preparation involved clocking up many kilometres on the road, and “spinning” on the cycle trainer which was set up on the back patio. At times he clearly didn’t have any motivation to train. Some nights were very chilly so the last thing that he wanted to do was to train, especially after a stressful day covering for his boss who was away. Some mornings were so windy, that the thought of riding into the wind was enough to put him off. Yet, he focussed on preparing his body to be fit to endure the undulations of the road, and the distance.
I have to confess, I’m not that great at finishing things, so it’s been motivating for me. My husband has been such an inspiration to me, as he’s persevered with training, despite some setbacks. Yesterday he managed to push through to the end, despite some cramping, an issue with his back wheel, and riding into the wind for the last 20 kilometres. I am so proud of him! I was also reminded of this poem…The Race.
Over this past year of life in Brisbane I’ve experienced some emotional setbacks (which you can read about in The Bigger Picture and Just Ask) where I’ve just wanted things to be like they were back in Perth. These verses from Philippians remind me that Jesus knows what it’s like, and is spurring me on EVERY STEP OF THE WAY as I go on this race called LIFE. I’ve been so caught up in comparing myself with others who I see as being successful with family and/or work, as well as how some manage to successfully combine the two. In all this God wants me to know that He is the Ultimate Personal Trainer who enables me to LIVE, GROW and LEARN in and with Him! His concern isn’t where I come in the race, but that I finish it, and finish it WITH HIM!