20 Mar Even When We Stumble
We run for so long hoping that the finish line is up ahead and we can rest, yet this whole time we have been in a loop, running in circles. At moments there are mountains but more often than not we are attempting to dig our way out of a valley. Within the valley we become exposed, vulnerable to thoughts and feelings, and willing to do whatever it takes to escape. It is not a matter of choosing another path, for the destiny and purpose of your life will be fulfilled. Somewhere along the way you tripped and saw a sign that read “shortcut”. Amidst your pain and the doubt that the race will ever be won and a medal ever achieved, you crawled to the sign in hopes of less heartache within the race. To escape the loop is the same to enter, fall on your knees, but ask the guide to place you back on the correct path, and begin to run the race that was always intended.
See, this loop will occur time and time again. The medal is not won based on your falls but rather the path and the finish line. Do not fear falling, for there is always someone there to catch you. He doesn’t let you stumble because it amuses him, he is anguished over your pain. You will succeed, you will get the medal, and not just any medal but the gold. A race ran in dignity and love will ALWAYS win the medal.
Friends, believe me when I say this loop has occurred in my life more often than I would like to admit. I promise you there is hope and forgiveness. Dust yourself off and keep going. You are forgiven, you are loved, you are not forgotten.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of GRACE with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon.”-2 Timothy 4:7-9