Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of watching my son run a cross country race.  If you haven't had the pleasure, I recommend it.  Hundreds of runners, running throughout a course cut out around trees, fences and spectators.  If I had any running ability whatsoever I might have enjoyed something like this when I was in high school.

Prior to the race my son was extremely nervous.  This is not a new concept for him but this race was a little bigger than most, and therefore so was his anxiety.  As we talked prior to the race he expressed his desire to "just get the race and year over with", he had worked hard all year and was ready for a break.  When anxiety and emotions overwhelm us, regardless of the situation, it is easy to want to give up, throw in the towel, or just go through the motions.  It is often hard to anticipate victory or what the "other side" of the conflict or crisis looks like when we are in the "eye" of the storm of our emotions.

After my son's race his attitude and momentum had changed.  He had competed well, and improved both his time and finish substantially from last years race.  He had new energy and excitement for the next race, and couldn't wait for the opportunity to train and anticipate even better results ahead.  This is very often how we feel once we have gone beyond our anxiety or crisis.  Only then do we recognize our ability to overcome our obstacles, and to come out of our situation stronger than when we went in.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you, but such is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."  God is never far away when we face struggles and adversity.  We can often feel overwhelmed, alone and defeated.  But we can also anticipate victory and the feelings that we will experience on the other side of our trials.  Sometimes victory may not come when or how we anticipate it, but rest assured it will come, this side of heaven or in eternity. 

So run the race today with anticipation, endurance, and with the expectation of victory.  God will not let you down.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
fantastic put up, very informative. I'm wondering why the other experts of this
sector don't understand this. You must continue your writing.
I am confident, you've a great readers' base already!

Thu, June 6, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

2. wrote:
My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find many of your
post's to be just what I'm looking for. Would you offer guest writers to
write content for you personally? I wouldn't
mind writing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write with regards to here.
Again, awesome blog!

Fri, June 21, 2019 @ 7:21 PM

3. wrote:
Hey there I am so happy I found your site, I really found you by
error, while I was researching on Bing for something else, Nonetheless
I am here now and would just like to say thanks for
a tremendous post and a all round thrilling
blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through
it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do
keep up the awesome jo.

Tue, July 23, 2019 @ 5:12 PM

4. wrote:
If you want to increase your know-how simply keep visiting this
web site and be updated with the latest news posted here.
natalielise plenty of fish

Wed, July 24, 2019 @ 5:14 AM

5. wrote:
Remarkable! Its truly remarkable post, I have got much clear idea regarding from this article.

Wed, July 31, 2019 @ 2:55 PM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.