Friday, December 30, 2011

For those who walk the races

This year has been a tiring one, full of many changes here at the end. I am grateful for, as I’ve said in previous posts, this full time dependence on a strength outside of myself. It is good to be here. It’s also good to know that God is okay with my moving slowly. My taking it one day, one hour at a time. I can find several scriptures that tell me this, but my favorite is this one.


Isaiah 40:31

those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.


Notice the acknowledgment in this verse that even walking can result in faintness. There is a lot more walking than running in my life these days. I am the one who is not in the race to win, I am just in to finish. And that doesn’t mean that my expereince is any less rich, it might even mean the opposite.


While watching the Ironman race recently the stories that kept me on the edge of my seat were not the record setters, but the last place finishers. The 75 year old man, the woman who recently lost 100 lbs, the cancer surviver.


So for those of you at the end of the pack with me today, walking and not running, for whatever reason, we can soar on wings like eagles too.


3 comments:

Julie said...

Thank you for so honestly sharing. I can say whole heartedly I resonate with this- walking and being just in to finish.

Derek Kimball said...

Alli,
This is a great post for me to read today. I lost my sister this Christmas. Walking seems to be about all I can muster.

Also, your music, all of it, is always so encouraging and uplifting. Even though you may not feel like you're 'soaring' like an eagle today, you're helping out this guy.

Derek

UAGoldenBear said...

http://uagoldenbear.xanga.com/756032858/the-day-of-small-things/

Thought it might be encouraging to hear how one of your songs have spoken into my life. Thanks :)