28/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
The stadium is packed full of spectators, waiting with anticipation for the race to begin. The runner waits at the starting line for the gun to go off. She is nervous, looking around at the expectation in the crowd; looking at her competitors, sizing up her ability compared to theirs. Knowing the task she has to do, she looks at the finish line which seems so very far away. She crouches into the starting position, tense and waiting. The gun goes off and the runner explodes out of the starting blocks. She knows she has to run forward, in her own lane and follow her own path. With the finish line in sight she keeps running. The crowd goes wild which spurs her on…
Did she win? We don’t know. Did she finish? I hope so. A runner doesn’t start a race planning to not finish, but they have to have faith to believe they CAN finish.
Right now, I feel I am like that runner competing in an endurance race. I am not sure how long the race will be, and so I have to keep on running, always moving forward, with my eyes on the finishing line and my heart in the race.
What I have been thinking on, this morning, is about you…the spectators to my race…my “great cloud of witnesses“*. And what are you doing? You are supporting, encouraging and motivating me, the runner. You might be thinking “I don’t know if she is going to finish” or “I don’t know if she has what it takes to win“, but outwardly you are cheering the runner onwards, propelling her forward.
Thank you for being my cheering squad. Thank you for being the witnesses to Canvassing My Friends. Thank you for offering words of support and motivation. While I, the runner, am keeping my eyes forward on the goal, it makes a huge difference to have you at my back and sides helping to support me to the finish.
*Hebrews 12:1 (The Bible): “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…“