Did that! Got the T-shirt! In 2005, I received the highly coveted 😊 T-shirt for being a finisher of the Honolulu marathon. It was my friend’s Diane’s heart’s desire to complete the marathon for her 60th birthday so we trained each week gradually increasing our endurance to 21 miles. On the day of the race, we completed the 26.2-mile course without too much struggle.
Since anyone who knows me realizes I am not an athlete, my illustrations using athletics will likely fall short. Regarding my recent life circumstances, I will compare to beginning the marathon only to find out somewhere in the middle, the finish line had been extended – the previous miles didn’t count, and I am back at the beginning of the 26.2-mile race.
Allow me to share two examples. The first occurred with a phone call. Mike was calling from Afghanistan with “good news” and “bad news.” The good news was he would come home earlier than expected, in just a month. The bad news was he would deploy to Iraq in 2 months for a 12 tour of duty. I had completed 25% of the first deployment with a positive mindset; however, once the time line changed, that mindset was difficult to re-capture. By God’s grace, we made it, but those months of the second deployment seemed long and hard.
The second time the finish line moved occurred with the birth of Daniel when Ashleigh was 15, Katie was 12 and Patrick was 10. Two years later Josh joined our family. These two boys are precious gifts from God (I told Daniel he is like the bonus material at the end of a video game), but as the first 3 had gotten older, I was anticipating some easier parenting years and the opportunity to explore things that interested me. That was 12 years ago, and I still feel my life mission is primarily caring for children which spurred me to write this blog.
You may have your own examples of when you thought you could predict your circumstance would become easier or end, yet suddenly you are blindsided by the unexpected. Perhaps it is finances or health, but the anticipated end may not come for years or until even Jesus returns to make all things perfect. Life is hard! I desperately need eyes of faith to see the unseen hand of God at work during these times.
I can relate to Florence Chadwick and her failure to complete a long-distance swim which she was physically able to accomplish; however, her vision of the horizon was clouded by fog, so when fatigue overcame her, she gave up just short of her goal. You can read more at https://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Jan/21/florence-chadwick-and-fog/.
As Hebrews Chapter 10 reminds us, we are not those who shrink back but those who have faith to the persevering of the soul…. let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful. God is Faithful!!! Somehow, He will carry you and me when we are too fatigued to keep swimming against the currents of this life. He will bring us safely to the heavenly shore and eternity with Him.