Okay so, since I’m new to this blogging thing, I made use of the WordPress “Learning the Fundamentals” free course and it’s been amazing actually!  I’m a little behind but that’s neither here nor there really … so the lesson I’m doing at the moment suggests you go to their site and look at their daily post suggestion.  This is basically a word that should give you inspiration as to what to post.  To be honest I have looked before and didn’t feel inspired by the word at all but today’s word is MARATHON.

Now that inspires me for two reasons.  Firstly because I have actually run a few marathons and ultra marathons in my life.comrades-logo-2010

I even attempted the Comrades Marathon and managed to complete 65kms before one of my kidneys violently objected.  For those of you who don’t know, the Comrades Marathon is 89kms long, you can have a look at if you are interested.

And secondly, Hebrews 12 vs 1 says:- “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of [a]witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, …” (emphasis mine).  The fact that this verse stipulates running with endurance and persistence suggests that our journey with God should look more like a marathon than a sprint to the finish.

Anyone who knows running will attest to the fact that you have to be super-fit to be a sprinter.  But most world-class sprinters are also genetically predisposed to excel in this area, they have some sort of superior genetic code that increases their ability in this particular sport.  Not everyone can be a sprinter, but everyone – and I do mean everyone! – can train to run a marathon.  South Africans love sport, pretty much any kind of sport, and ordinary every-day South Africans love running and/or cycling.  South Africans apparently host and run more marathons than anywhere else in the world.  I guess we don’t feel complete unless we’re facing some sort of challenge!  And the most unlikely of people train for and complete marathons.  Why??  Because most people can find levels of endurance and persistence inside themselves that they never knew they had .. and, when the going gets really tough, what keeps them going?  Faith!  Faith in God, or faith in their training or just faith in their desire not to be laughed at for not finishing … but faith is the key when the rubber of your running shoe hits the road for the gazillionth time.

So often we want our journey with God to be a sprint to the finish, we want it all immediately, even though we know deep down inside that we probably couldn’t handle all of Him at once.  We beg and plead and get impatient with Him because He isn’t moving fast enough for us and yet, in His wisdom and love, He knows just how much we can cope with, He knows just when to stretch us, He knows just when to pursue us and just when to let us pursue Him.

And sometimes we think we have to be something special to journey with God, as though we have to be super-fit and have our lives all together before we can line up at the starting point.  We think we have to have some sort of superior genetic code to run alongside the other runners instead of realising that everyone – and I do mean everyone! – can run this marathon of life with Him.  It is open to anyone and everyone, no pre-qualification necessary, no special equipment needed … just endurance, persistence and, above all, faith.

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