Lap time with God?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When we are steadfastly holding to a course in life we think is the right one, something we’ve striven to find and are finally there, why does God sometimes interrupt our path?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


Life’s problems can be trying sometimes. Just when we’re trying to do our best and things seem to be under control, and WHAM ... someone or something drops a heavy emotional challenge right next to us, or even right down on top of us. We’re startled, perhaps stunned, even intimidated. Where did that come from? Did I do something to cause this? We don’t like loud interruptions in our lives and, before you know it, feeling threatened, we find ourselves with a decision to make. Do we run for cover or stand and grit our teeth? It’s never an easy decision.

When we are steadfastly holding to a course in life we think is the right one, something we’ve striven to find and are finally there, we don’t like interruptions. Our inclination when roadblocks or deviations happen to what we planned is to, perhaps, stop altogether and call it quits. Who needs the grief?

Here’s a story: In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Derek Redmond of Great Britain was considered a favorite contender for a medal. It was the evening of August 3, 1992 as Redmond was pitted against seven others in a semi-final in the 400 meters. Redmond knelt poised, waiting for the race to start. As the gun went off, his body was translated into a human locomotion, feverishly charging against the other runners. As Redmond prepared to round the curve after the halfway mark, however, he suddenly heard a pop. It was his right hamstring. Redmond soon found himself trapped by the searing pain of his leg. The other runners finished the race as he desperately continued his painful trek to the finish line. He waved off the stretchers, however, determined to finish the race. From the stands, his father had been watching. He pushed his way past security guards to meet his son on the track. He then reached his weeping son. “Look, you don’t have to do this.” Redmond then replied: “Yes I do.” His father then said: “Well, if you’re going to finish this race, we’ll finish it together.” With his arm locked around his son, Jim Redmond helped his son to the finish line to the sounds of a cheering stadium. (SOURCE: paraphrased from Bud Greenspan’s, 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History, p. 136.)

We have to remember that God is like that in the race we’re running. Sometimes we may get injured in the race, even debilitated, but God is always there ready to come out of the heavenly stands, put His arm around us, encourage us and help us to the finish line. Why? Christians need to remember that God is motivated by pure, unadulterated love, not only for his Son, Jesus Christ, but for you and me personally. He has loved you and me since before the beginning of time. Why wouldn’t he be there for us? When our lives have suddenly snapped and we cry out for help in the midst of our sorrows and loneliness, we can still finish the race. We may not win, but we will be finishers; and that is what matters. In fact, that is what God wants you and I to do. Perhaps you need a little “lap time” with your Heavenly Father right now. Cry out to Him and seek His presence. He’s there watching everything, everything that happens to you and to me. You will find out pretty quickly that on the track of life, you’re never alone. The creator and ruler of the universe has made you and me the apple of his eye. It doesn’t get better than that.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we sometimes forget that you are watching everything that we do in life, especially concerned when we fail, hurt and are in need of help. The Bible tells us that we love you because you love us. How easy it is to forget that as well. Forgive us Lord when we decide that the tough races in life, the ones that hurt and are not easily won, are races we need to finish because you made us to strive and not quit when life gets tough. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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