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.

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