By Ralph and Elizabeth Pyskowski
Life can be compared to a marathon race in many ways. Whether it is taking care of your family, working a job, or striving toward your goals, it can become an arduous task. You may be in it for the long haul, but the load gets heavier and more difficult to bear. Some folks have served the Lord for years and have helped many people. However, they can become weary with the continued labor. Although a race begins with a great burst of energy, a runner can lose steam and struggle to continue. What do you do when you reach that part of the journey? It may be time to get your second wind.
It is wonderful that God understands the toll of a marathon race: Isaiah 40: 29-31 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” When we feel like fainting in the heat of the sun, God gives us directions. Waiting upon the Lord means to look to him, seek him, and expect great things from above. Scriptures tells us that he rewards those who diligently seek him and great things come to those who wait. Also, the Psalmist writes that God will satisfy our mouth with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagles. There may be rainy days that occur suddenly, but there will also be days when God will pour his blessings and flood our soul. He knows what we need and when we need it. All we have to do is follow his directions. When we do, his goodness will renew and refresh us at the right time.
Just like a runner gets that second wind God wants to renew our strength. Do not ever give up and throw in the towel. Not only will he help us across the finish line, but his promise is that we will soar like an eagle. Eagles soar higher than other birds, flaps long distances, and are a powerful symbol. They also use the winds of a storm to mount over adverse conditions. Jesus is able to raise you up out of your conflicts and work it to your good. He has higher heights that he wants to take you. Trust in the Lord through the good and the bad. Faith in Christ will bring you the victory through all circumstances. Make it your priority to seek him so that you may obtain the promise. Allow God to bring that second wind that will transform your race.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])