LET THE RACE BEGIN ~
People line up at the starting line and wait until someone announces to let this race begin. Everyone takes off, but not everyone will finish the race. We each walk or run at our own pace.
I can relate the race to our spiritual lives. We are set into motion before we were born and created for greatness. There is a point when we must realize ~ we have free will and now what will we do with it. The Bible speaks of finishing the race.
Acts 20:23-24 New International Version (NIV)
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
GOD ISN'T FINISH YET ~
Everyday we face the aging experience and not knowing what will happen in this day. God's plan begins to unfold to make some of us very happy and others face hard things. I was asked this question, "if your God is so big, then why did God allow this to happen?". The word "THIS" can be many different things to each of us. I go back to free will and choices. Not only does my choice affect me, but it also can affect you. I saw you because you are reading this and It's my choice to write or not. I know within me, to write daily and I want to share life.
Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
There are things in this life, that takes our mind far away from our own race. I will never forget how I felt when my brother went to Heaven at the age of 37. He found out in April he had cancer and died that Christmas morning of the same year. I had mixed emotions with God. Someone said, "at least he isn't in pain anymore and what a gift on Christmas Day". I wasn't feeling that gift thing right then or became angry over words I heard of others being thankful they could leave the hospital and go home to their families. It took time for me to stop being angry and I didn't understand the why of this.
Over the years, I understand more about this race I am on. I would rather called it a journey with God. A journey that faces hard things, but also good things. It's took me to surrender my thoughts and my heart back to God. God has a plan and I know that. He has a time to be born and a time for each of us to die. I write from a place of victory and also share some hurts. Through it all, I've learned to trust in God. Not only do I live my life for myself, but I know that others are watching me. Doing the right thing, is just right. Yet, sometimes it takes time to get through things and to trust again.
I was talking with a friend about the things I've been through in life. We recently got our car stolen from down the street to our house. It only had liability insurance and there was many things in the trunk of that car. I have also seen our family car stolen when I was a teenager and one car stolen in Pinole when we lived there. Three different cities, three different times and three different cars. I don't know why people take things that do not belong to them, but people continue to do this.
Along my journey, I have learned that material things can be replaced. I had to work on my own frustrated over why's, how come this happen and when will things get better. Let me relate this Jesus experience to a real friendship. It takes time to develop trust and learning of one's ways. Jesus lead by example of doing the right thing, sharing life with others and spreading the word of his father (God). Now we have choices as well. Running our own race with one of disappointments at times, but one of much joy. Keeping our eyes focused on how far God has brought our lives. I'm sure you can count some blessings, while knowing you have desires too. The Bible says:
Psalm 37:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
This journey continues and I would not give anything for my journey now. Each morning I look into a mirror and I see a reflection of a woman who has gone through much. A woman determined not to give up and I do my best to run this race of life with love. I believe in the real love that God gives us and I know there is a real enemy who tries to destroy daily. Surround your life with those who care about you, spur you on and give thanks in each day of life. Show love back as well to those you care about in this short life we are given.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends!