Running (Walking) the Race Set Before Us

Posted by on Sep 16, 2008 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

What an absolutely glorious morning! The sky is that wonderful shade of “clean blue” also known in our house as “fall blue”. You know the color. It’s influenced by three H’s: heat, haze, and humidity. Yesterday’s rain seemed to wash all that away. So when I stepped out for my morning walk, it was 13 degrees cooler this morning than it was yesterday. I know because we have a thermometer in our closet that registers the indoor and outdoor temperatures. It makes getting ready for the day a whole lot easier. The full moon from last night was still lingering and it was bright white! Awesome!

I have been meditating on Hebrews 12:1-2. You know…the part about running the race set before us with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. We are to lay aside encumbrances and the sin that so easily entangles us.

I drew a stick figure in my prayer journal. A stick-figure girl (me) is running on a path with a sign that says “this is the race set before Amy”. I drew lines coming from my feet in the back to show I’m moving on that path. Behind me is a ball and chain that has been removed from my legs and it’s labeled, “encumbrances and entangling sin”. Coming from my eye (because it’s a profile view) are dots that lead up to the sky where I drew Jesus’ throne and I labeled it, “author and perfecter of our faith”. So I am picturing myself looking to Him. I also added that great cloud of witnesses labeled as such with a bunch of circles in it representing Moses, Abraham, Rahab, and the others in that hall of faith of Hebrews 11.

Today, I’m going to meditate some more on those two verses and I’m going to go outside to the back porch while it’s cool and ask God to search me and tell me what those encumbrances are and the sin that entangles me – what do I need to let go of as I run this race He has set before me.

For some reason, Beans is all upset that I’m planning to sit in the rocking chair…go figure. You’d think she believes it’s hers. If only she could talk.

Enjoy your day!

One Comment

  1. Oh, Amy, your description of the morning made my heart go pitter patter. Isn’t the change refreshing & invigorating! I love the verse from Hebrews & your stick figure depiction! JOY! Denise

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