Life’s Not a Race Its a Marathon
Waiting in line at the grocery store seems to take forever doesn’t it? What about when you’re waiting for your burger at a fast food restaurant? We all think ‘can’t they move any faster?’ Cell download speeds or waiting for the GPS to load. Internet service going from one website to the next. We’re a nation of impatient. How quickly we forget the days of dial up, or having to go to the store for what you want. Now we order things online and even a week seems like it takes too long. We want things next day. No one remembers what it was like to write letters and waiting two weeks for a reply. Today we can type a message in 6 seconds, and have a reply in 12 or less.
Having to go through physical therapy a few times for a few reasons I have often wished for instant results with minimum amounts of work and effort. We treat God much like everything else we want in life. A cosmic genie with phenomenal cosmic powers, itty bitty loving space as we try to put God in our tiny little box. The difference in our minds between God and that genie is our God gives us more then 3 wishes, right??
We want God to fix our problems quicker, we want God to get us that shiny bauble, the love of our life, all kinds of things and we want it in our time, right now, not later… please. The thing is it doesn’t work like that. 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” What the author is saying is many run but only one gets the prize. We have to work for what we want. There’s reward in hard works. We can’t just have everything given to us.
2 Timothy 4:7-9 “7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:” Paul knowing he was at the end of his life before his execution, writes to Timothy and explains he is confident in his path. As his journey is nearing its completion, he knows that it takes patience, perseverance, and faith to run the marathon of life.
We need to learn patience, and if we claim to have patience, our patience needs more patience. I know I often have a hard time letting go of what I want fixed right away. I have a hard time understanding the months of my solitude, my trials, and my path. Knowing it takes patience and living your life to match what we know we should have is not easy. Perhaps time is one of the greatest enemies we face. Perhaps the race we face is time itself.