Friday, April 15, 2011

A Marathon Distance

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This week's prompt?  
On Distance
I think about that day, a year ago last February.  It was the perfect weather for a long run.  It was perfect weather for my first marathon.  Mile 15 flew by and I was feeling so good.  My pace was quick.  I felt strong.  I could finish and finish easy.
Note to self:  Don't be so sure when you still have 11.2 miles left to go in a race.
By mile 20, I was craning my neck to see if I could see the mile marker sign in front of me.  My pace, no longer quick, was a least still trying to be classified as running.  I was tired.  Worn-down.  Depleted.
I started walking.  I knew I would finish, but could I finish strong?  Would I laze across that finish line, every last drop out, so that not even a smile could play across my lips?
And that is when I saw him.  My gift from God to keep me going.  My knight in shining armor.  My old youth director that I had not seen since high school and had only reconnected with upon the pages of Facebook.
And he rescued me, not literally carrying me across that finish line, but by speaking words over me that gave me empowerment, encouragement, and strength.  And he ran with me that last mile and a half, until I saw my family and the finish line beyond.  He ran with me until I had enough strength stored up to finish with a smile.
And, I think, that perhaps often, God rescues us every day in much the very same way.  He gives us strength to keep our own two feet pounding the pavement of life.


  1. Love your post. What a great reminder that God rescues us and gives us strength. He is always there, even when we think he is not.
    I am always amazed at the way He works through each other for each other.
    Great food for thought.

  2. Great post, Jen. I love how God has given you a spiritual application to your very physical experience. Praise God!

  3. let us run the race with endurance... one of the hardest things to do. and yes, He is the one who gives us strength to endure.

    good write.

  4. That is amazing. Thanks for your encouragement this morning. I do really need it because it was a long night...and then I ended up waking up early. =/ But the kids are still sleeping and at least I have a few quiet moments to myself.

  5. Wow. I'm alwasy in awe of people who have ran a marathon. And how awesome that your old youth director was there to encourage you. You talked about God rescuing us daily, but I took away that He sends people our way to be his hand and feet. Great story!

  6. I run, but I've never pushed myself in a marathon. I run long distances and God has entered into my thoughts many a time, but I've never had someone to run with me in that time of need. This story is brilliant. It shines, and I loved it.

    Thank you for sharing,

  7. So true! He really does rescue us everyday even if we don't recognize it!

  8. I really needed to hear this today. As you said, He really does rescue us every day. Thanks friend.

  9. I know that very same feeling from my first marathon. I love the application to life!

  10. Wow. Awesome post. . .you are so right :)

  11. oh my gosh Jen, I am sitting here cleaning house and thinking how 'I just can't do it' (not cleaning house but having this pity party) and then I stop a few minutes and read this and it gives me strength. Thanks Jen...AGAIN!

  12. Wonderful, my friend! SO glad you shared this!

  13. Congrats on going the distance! 26.2 miles of fun. I ran a full marathon 7 years ago, this spring I am training for the half. I had thought no big deal it is only a half. But it has been slugging it out in the training because I was not in shape this time. I love the analogy of God rescuing us and helping us cross that finish line. What is it that I could do to help strengthen someone else until they can cross that finish line upon their own.

  14. I'm impressed with you going the distance! I'm so thankful for a God who rescues me and gives me strength when I don't think I can keep on running the race set before me.

    P.S. Noticed you will be going to She Speaks. Me too!

  15. Beautiful post! I love this analogy. I am, too, thankful for His endurance.

    I actually found you through Blissfully Domestic first, then saw you like to do Five Minute Fridays, and you're heading to She Speaks, too! Awesome to connect!

  16. Oh, this is so true! LOVE your last line. We have been invited into this amazing partnership with the Most High God - and we are encouraged all along the way to use 'our own two feet' in the process. Lovely post. Thank you!

  17. I feel the same way...I had much the same feelings as I was training to run...however, it was only a 5k!!! I cannot even imagine a marathon! Thanks for sharing!

  18. This was wonderful! I love the imagery!

  19. Great post! I couldn't even run a mile with my weak knees, but I couldn't imagine taking one step without the help of our loving God! :)


  20. Loved this post (and the fact that you wrote it in 5 minutes boggles my mind, I barely get a coherent thought in 5 minutes sometimes :) )

  21. First off...I think you're a rule-breaker like me...and that took more than 5 minutes!!!
    Second - LOVE that perspective on 'distance' - it has been years & years since my marathon-running days, and I've forgotten those powerful lessons about perseverance, the energy-infusion of encouragement, and the importance of finishing strong.
    Thanks for the excellent reminder!
    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

  22. Oh, but I am so not a rule-breaker! Really, it was 5 minutes, I promise!

  23. Thanks for your comments on my 1/2 marathon post. Wow! I don't know if I will ever do a full one. I would LOVE to do another 1/2 though. I commend you for you accomplishment. Finishing runs like this always remind me that when we stay focused on the goal, we can always go further than we ever think we can. Thanks!


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