Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. — Hebrews 12:1
How perfect God’s timing is. We need to be reminded of His pace for our lives, and then be determined to pace ourselves with it. This is a complete fit to a conversation I had over the weekend, including the “great crowd of witnesses” that surround us.
My oldest sister, Brenda, was escorted to Heaven last night by an angel. She’s been a huge part of my life in becoming the woman of faith that I am. Two great crowds had assembled. Our family here on earth, and our family that awaited her in Heaven. The transition was hard to endure. I had found myself praying, “Okay, I am ready, we are ready, she’s ready, she’s been ready for a long time — it’s time for her to hear “Well Done” and for us to know she’s reached her Heavenly home.” I found myself discontent with the timing or the “pace”. Yesterday, I surrendered my pace for His, in everything. I received a gift last night from Heaven. I got to see the angel who escorted her, twice. As we were praying a bit earlier and I looked up and saw the outline fluttering, huge wings, and a robe draped over his arms. Then only moments before, arms open wide as if to say, “it’s time.” God’s pace, not ours.
When people train for a marathon, they run at a pace they can sustain throughout the entire race. They could easily sprint at the beginning, yet it requires perseverance and wisdom to know when to exert energy and when to reserve it.
Sometimes we treat our faith more like a sprint than a marathon. Let us run with endurance and the One who has begun a great work will see it to completion, because He is the author and the finisher of our faith.
When you find yourself running full speed ahead, remember the word “pace” and ask God to help you walk in peace.
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