Long-distance runners have many choices to make when it comes to how they run their races–conditioning, diet, and training to name just a few. But when it comes to the race itself, PACING IS THE KEY. How hard a runner goes out of the starting blocks, and the level of speed early in the race, will largely determine when the runner feels the tape kiss his chest at the finish line.
If a runner allows too much distance between them and the pace setters in front, it is impossible to read their cues and determine how to adjust. At this point the runner has no choice but to become a CHASER!
Our faith life is just like that runner’s chase. And most of the time it comes during what I call the Delight/Despair Cycling of our spiritual journey.
DELIGHT is when we hear God speaking to us or see his works clearly in our lives.
DESPAIR is when it’s difficult to hear God’s word or see his works in our lives.
We can find ourselves in this same predicament as the runner falling behind in a race when we start wondering if God is paying attention. If God is going to provide direction. If God is going to show us what to do.
If there is a gap between us and God, we need to close it immediately. We need to chase God!
Why do we keep waiting for him to chase us with everything all figured out? The road? The decision? The joy? The service?
We must run to God in both delight and despair. If we draw near to him, he will draw near to us (James 4:8).
I ask God to help me realize that my life’s path will not be revealed to me in advance with full clarity. To trust his plan as it unfolds and if there is ever a gap…jump to close it immediately.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Is there a gap between you and God that needs to be closed?
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10