I am in training for a half marathon, my bible reading notes this month are called "Running the Race", our study of Hebrews is following a similar theme, and I've just read a book called "The New Mouse City marathon" (Geronimo Stilton). I seem to be hearing about marathon running from all sides.
Everyone's 'marathon' in life will be unique. God says "I know the plans I have for you" and "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." David writes: "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths". No-one else can run the same path, and I am not designed to run theirs. My path will be different to what I expect and probably to what I would have chosen, but it is designed for me.
To run this path, I will have to listen to the Run Master - the one who knows what is going on. I need to hear His guiding voice by spending time with Him, listening, and putting aside my desire to run in my own directions. Just as in a running race, the most important thing is to start, to commit. When I reach the temporary finish line on Saturday I hope that no matter how much of a struggle it was, that I would have given my all and not got lost. So "let us run with endurance the race God has set before us", so that we too can press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize.
Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 32:8. Psalm 25:4-5, Hebrews 12:1, Philippians 3:13.