On this winding, unexpected, joyful, tumultous journey of life, I’ve realized that it simply isn’t possible to do this journey alone. More importantly, it’s crucial to closely examine those on the journey with you. Having the “right” people to run the race with you can make a difference in how far you can get ahead–as well as if you finish the race at all. The right people cheering you on can ensure that you continue running the race, even though you don’t feel that you can run another single step. The right people running alongside you or cheering you on can empower you to do greater things than you could have ever dreamed!
Recently I heard about the US Paralympian David Brown. I got emotional watching his winning race and hearing more about the relationship between he and his guide, Jerome Avery. See, without that close-knit relationship and tremendous trust in one another, it would have been very difficult for David to win this race. Of course, he can run with the best of them! (That’s why he’s a Paralympian, after all!) Yet, David doesn’t have the vision to ensure that he can safely run and know exactly where the path is going. That’s why he needs Jerome. That’s why they are literally tethered together for the race. If you would like to watch this amazing race and see this play out, watch below!
I think about my own journey. Sometimes I have had the strength and stamina for the race. But, similar to David, I didn’t have the vision (except in my case, I’m speaking about the spiritual vision). And sometimes, my vision about who I truly was turned out to be dim. Thankfully, God has graced me with some dear friends older than me. They saw (and see) who I truly am in Christ, and how I was created to shine! They’ve already run legs of the race that I have yet to run. And our journeys are very similar. For one of the friends, I’m accomplishing the same things she did, at the same age! And another friend, I’m living her life backward, in a way. (Maybe that’s something I’ll have to write about another time.) They’ve been able to provide wisdom and insight for me, as well as intercession. Many of them have the same journey of waiting a long time for a spouse. (One of said friends recently wrote about her path in this area, a path which holds many similarities to mine.) I’m grateful that God saw fit to grace these friends to me at the exact time I needed them. The friend whose blog I linked to earlier wrote a book on overcoming heartbreak–a book I came across a few days after going through a break-up. And a few days later, I quite randomly met her! We’ve been on this crazy, twisted journey ever since–both still unmarried and longing for that gift. (Little did we know that would be the case all these years later, but God knew. And He cared to put us in each other’s path to run with one another, or to encourage the other to keep running!) It’s powerful to think about where I am simply because I have had the gift of the wisdom, vision, and prayers of these friends!
So, friend, who are you running with? Are they helping you run this race and stay steadfast? How’s their vision? Do they see the true you–the you that the Almighty God who created you sees? Keep running! And don’t neglect to see who is running with you.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7