David ran in a pack of over nine thousand other runners. My husband and I set up our chairs in a park about 3 miles from the finish line. We saw the front runners – lean, muscled men who were serious about who would be the first to finish. David wasn’t among them. Then there was a long bunch of average runners. People who run to stay fit, or run with friends, or just for the love of
running. Young and old, all shapes and sizes, those who gasped their way by, and those who smiled and waved at the onlookers. David still had not appeared.
Now the runners had spread out. Some were walking. Several looked like they wished they had trained. There were some families. One woman pushed a man in a wheelchair. And then David came. He wore his usual wide grin and a shirt with black letters Team 413. On his back was the entire verse I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13.
My son was born a month early and has mild cerebral palsy. In seventh grade, he had surgery to correct his foot that turned in and to loosen his Achilles tendon. He can’t jump. Running is hard work. But he has chosen to run because he loves it. His goal is never to be the first to cross the finish line in any race, his goal is just to finish. And finish he does.
What obstacles are you facing today? Do you need a reminder of Who gives you strength?
Keep running. And finish with a grin on your face.