If you were given the option to run a 100 meter dash or a marathon, which would be your race of choice? I think I just sensed the abrupt and quick response of the majority, who declared 100 meter dash…and I’m co-signing with you. The mental toughness, stamina, and physical strength required to finish a 23 mile run is not something many of us have in reserve ready and willing to pour out. The average marathon runner intentionally prepares for the race ahead, altering their diet, consuming more healthy calories and hydrating their bodies with gallons of water in order to reach the optimum health level to conquer the nearly two dozen miles ahead.
Crossing the finish line doesn’t take seconds nor minutes, but hours. While pacing during the race, the runner has to endure aching muscles, extreme weather conditions, not to mention the hundred of other competitors in the race with them. Their level of motivation can go through highs and lows from one moment determined, only to turn the corner and see the intense incline ahead, then become doubtful. Just maybe you unknowingly registered and are running the marathon of your life. What you thought would be a breeze to attain is taking much longer to accomplish than you thought. Attaining your dreams of home ownership, restoration of broken relationships, physical healing, promotions, or even being able to conceive your first child, it may all seem like a great distance ahead and truth be told you want to stop in the middle of the race and throw in the towel.
If you want to cross that finish line, get the medal and reach your destiny, you will need to invest in an endurance pack. If you notice runners sometimes carry small packs of water that are easily accessible, strapped to their waists or arms. In the middle of the race when fatigue or thirst occurs, they are able to simultaneously take a sip and still run, drink and still be in motion towards their purpose. As a believer our endurance packs come through the word of God and intimate connection with God. When we know he is close, it is His love that gives us the extra push to believe we can make it across the finish line when doubt arises. When you recite and take a sip of the word “all of my help comes from the Lord” confidence is immediately injecting into you fuel tank for that extra boost so you can endure through the pain, endure through the disappointments, endure in being faithful, endure so the process in which you are going through can produce the necessary qualities within you.
The things God wants to do in your life will not be a cake walk, it might just take longer than anticipated, the journey will be a marathon and not a sprint. In knowing this you have to be equipped while on the journey trail and be willing to endure. Know that God will carry and push you all the way to the end.