Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Battles We Fight

Today has been a mess of a day! I feel like I am in a race running as fast as I possibly can, about to pass out while everyone else is passing and ahead of me. If you come in my house (or enter my world) each room or area has a pile of chaos going on. So I slow down, bent over, panting for breath while I clean up a pile of chaos in my life. Okay, here I go again starting back in this race or this thing called life and I pick up some speed, but my body just does not want to move as fast as I need it to. I see the pack of runners ahead of me about to round the corner but my feet they feel so heavy, as if I have lead in my shoes. So, I slow down again to get this weight off of me; I drop this weight of anger, frustration, hate, and resentment so just maybe, I can catch up with the crowd. So I put on some new shoes that prepare me to tell others along the way about God (because I think those old shoes were holding me back), just maybe I can catch up because all God’s chill’in need some shoes good shoes to run this race., this thing called life. I feel so inadequate for this race because now I am so far behind, but I get back on the path anyway. Is it me or is this path getting more narrow with each step I take? I’m running but I don’t see anyone else on this path with me. Have I made a wrong turn or maybe I’m just so far behind that I can’t see the others running this race because of the trees in the distance. I pick up my pace again, but this time I jog and I breathe the runners breath. I don’t feel so much is on me now—what is this, I feel like I’m running on air? Then I hear God say “You are not alone in this race, this thing called life—I’m right here beside you running with you, comforting you, instructing you, providing for you, and I will never leave you—take your time child enjoy this race, this thing called life. There is so much to enjoy along the way, look at the scenery as you move forward, which are all the things that happen in your life. Don’t get bogged down with the scenery because I need you to keep moving! Yes the path is getting more narrow with each forward step along the way because others have fallen along the way, quitting, giving up, and turning around. God continues to tell me that I need you to stay on this path and you may have to walk sometimes and maybe even sit down and take a rest, but keep moving. When you come to the end, I don’t want to tell you the end, just know the end will be more wonderful than words can ever describe! Keep moving, I’m with you now and I will definitely be with you at that finish line (the end of time). I love you my child, keep running this race called life.
I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running and I'm not turning back. So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it. Philippians 3:14-16 (MSG)

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