"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Lead Me Home
On Thursday evening, our friend was relieved of his nearly year-long fight with cancer and was released into the arms of Jesus. Our friend had provided the inspiration last April to pursue a study entitled 'Run For God.’ In two weeks, ‘Run For God’ will kickoff with more participants that I could have ever imagined. All eager to meet new challenges and honor our Heavenly Father in the process.
As our friend endured this battle, his spirit was not defeated. According to those around him, his testimony became more resolute and had even greater impact on the many visitors. He turned his final days with a teenage son into praise for the 17 years that God had given them together. He gave thanks for the number of friends for which he had been blessed. I now pray that even more lives will be changed through the upcoming 'Run For God' session, as a result of his encouragement to make a difference and use this time wisely. That relationships will develop, needs will be met and all personal accomplishments will glorify God.
Finally, a few days before Chris passed on, a song began to play on the iPod and in my mind. I kept going back over it, letting it finish then starting again. It was my friend’s prayer and I couldn’t help but think how I want this to be my prayer when my life draws to a close. The song lyrics are on the video link, which plays one of my favorite versions. In particular I am drawn by the admission that “I am tired, I am weak, and I am worn,” yet I can find strength in being led to the light of home by the hand of our Lord.
For the original post last April, and the visit that led to Run For God becoming reality, click here: A Vapor Called Life