ARTIFACT • FLOWER
My heart rate was beginning to settle down a bit, the first few miles had brought a rush of blood through my veins and I figured one would burst. Probably that one in my right eye that gets red when I’m tired. Much to my surprise it remained intact, eye emergency averted for the moment. Sweat beads forming all over my skin, I felt that strange warm cool sensation as the brisk San Diego air flew by me. Beating the pavement, I dropped my shoulders and settled into my pace. The asphalt was marked from countless expansions, accidents, and repairs. It seemed so strange to be flooding all six lanes of the freeway with more people than rush hour traffic, yet no one was standing still. Every lane was three or four runners deep, white dashed markers totally irrelevant for the day’s event. Daily, in this very same location, gridlock permeates an evil vibe that swells up behind each set of tinted panes. Like race car drivers vying for position, bumper to bumper frustrations grow as steering wheel grips tighten. Today however, was completely different. Every person I met was extremely positive, cheering me and my sixteen thousand friends forward with posters, shouts, smiles, and a man dressed as a banana. It was a surreal experience to ride this crowd fueled wave of encouragement.
OTHERWISE, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE QUIT.
Twenty six point two miles is a long way to run. Marathons are for a unique group of people who enjoy pushing the limits of their physique. I wasn’t convinced at this point in the race that I was one of them. I gleaned every bit of encouragement I could capture as I pressed on toward the goal. I desperately need a strength that was beyond my own to prevail.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV
God offers renewal to you. He doesn’t run out of energy or get drained, and He wants to lift you up so you can walk, run, and soar for His Glory.