“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
At age 48, I decided to become a long distance runner. First, came the quarter marathon (6.55 miles). Next, was the half marathon (13.1 miles). Finally, I completed a full marathon (26.2 miles) just after my 50th birthday. Here’s something I learned along the way:
The hardest part of running a marathon isn’t the end, it’s the part just before the end. Runners call it “Hitting the Wall,” and it usually happens somewhere between miles 19 and 23. The Wall is a sudden and powerful urge to quit the race. To give up and take a DNF (Did not Finish). Surprisingly, this sometimes happens with the finish line in sight.
Thankfully, The Wall is weakened, I mean like Superman and Kryptonite, by one thing: WILL POWER. You push through the wall by using your mind to tell your body not to quit.
There have been plenty of times, as a runner and otherwise, where I’ve wanted to leap-frog over the rivers and go around the fires. But God says He will be with us on the way through.
“Alrighty, then,” as a friend of mine likes to say. Let’s get this over with…
“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost