Monday, April 21, 2014

Finish Line

I don't know that I've actually run a race since childhood, but I've seen some on TV and in the movies, and I'm pretty sure the best part is crossing the finish line.  As the music swells in intensity, the runner, red-faced and sweaty, stumbles a little from exhaustion, almost gives up, then forces herself to push just a little harder, hurtles herself forward, breaking the yellow ribbon with the last bit of energy in her soul, and smiling and cheering, she pumps her fists in the air and then...

collapses on the ground.

Now, you don't have to be a runner to know what it feels like in finish line moments. The final miles are by far the hardest. Yes, signing up for the race was an act of courage and faith itself, and getting started was slow and painful, and there were pitfalls along the way, but those last steps are doozies. It's not like you have a choice to turn back, for you know what lies behind. It's not like you have a choice to quit, for this can't all be for nothing. It's not like, once you cross the line you can just be done moving forever, for you know you still have to at least walk to the car to go home...

but for a moment, just for a moment, you think... this victory is sufficient in itself. I will celebrate by lying on the ground, and not moving, just for a moment.


I finished school on Friday.  I typed my final paper with only 8 fingers (that's a blog post for later), a low-grade fever, a sore throat, and I did it on my birthday... but you guys... it's done.  I have so many stories to tell about my adventures, but for now?

I will celebrate by lying here on the ground and not moving... just for a moment.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1



Suzanne said...

<3 So happy for you!!! Thank you for sharing your experiences, your difficulties, yourself with us. God has inspired me many times through your stories. Thank you.

Becky said...

You made it, sister! By God's grace, you made it! POW!!!

Vindiciti said...

First, let me say congratulations! You did it! I'm proud of you! I knew you could! Huzzah!

Second, thank you for this! I am in the final stretch of my own race, and boy do I want to quit at times. I love it. I also never want to stop. I did, however, need the encouragement to finish. So, thanks for the help from your pile on the floor.

David Blaylock said...

You finished before I did.

Good for you!

Lisa said...

Congratulations!!Done, with some extra character built, I bet. :)