My friend, may I ask you a question? When life’s situations and circumstances cut-in on your race to the finish line and your stride is thrown off, what is a Christian to do? If we loose our pace, become frustrated with our efforts, even trip over life’s circumstances, is the race still our’s to win?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

If you’ve ever run competitively you know the feeling of being cut-in. There’s that moment when your pace is develop- ing a good rhythm and you’re just cruising along; when another runner not only pushes into the lead but brushes so closely that you literally have to fall back to prevent yourself from tripping over your own two feet. There can be no more critical time in a race for a runner than that. Every runner strives to develop a rhythm in a race. Some find it early, others later. But no one wins a race without a balanced pattern of running, breathing, and concentration. All of these things can be disrupted by a cut-in, and even the greatest of runners can be distracted, even interrupted by a cut-in. When that happens, it is often difficult if not impossible to win a race that is so dependent upon timing and rhythm. When you are thrown off stride it can take precious moments to recover the pace.

When life’s situations and circumstances cut-in on your race to the finish line and your stride is thrown off, what is a Christian to do?

Here’s a story: In the Tate Gallery in London there is a masterpiece painting by Fredric Watt’s of a young, beautiful, female figure seated upon a globe. She is blindfolded, and in her hand she holds a lute, of which all the strings are broken but one. The blindfolded girl is touching that one string with her hand, and her lovely head is bent toward it in the closest attention, earnestly waiting to catch the note of that one wire. The title of this haunting painting is simply, “Hope.” (unknown)

Watt’s portrait of that young woman speaks volumes of what a Christian must and should do. A Christian always has one good string to play, one harmonious note to take possession of, the hope of righteousness that can only be obtained through faith in Jesus Christ. Life will constantly be cutting-in on our fast lane, doing its their best to break our rhythm, make us trip over life’s obstacles, and ruin our race every time. Troubles and sorrows will attack our faith, but a strong faith calls forth hope which soon catches the “cut-in” and overcomes it once again. This conquering restores our joy and confidence and gives us the will, the ability to go on and face another lap in life’s race. When we make Jesus Christ our one, last string of hope, there is no amount of “cutting-in” that can cause us to lose the race. We may loose our pace, become frustrated with our effort, even trip over life’s circumstances, but the race is still our’s to win. For a Christian, there’s always one good string to play.

We pray. Heavenly Father, I am your humble servant, I come before You today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, there are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness. Some say that the sky is at its darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need Your light, Lord, in every way. I pray to be filled with Your light from head to toe. To bask in Your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as You have planned, and as You want it to be. Help me to walk in Your light, and live my life in faith and glory. We ask this in Jesus name. 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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