31 Days of Simple Goodness: Race

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Five Minute Friday | 8 comments

I have never run a race except when I was in elementary school.  Even then, it was the 3-legged race at Field Day and I had a buddy who was willing to tie her left leg to my right.  We put our right/left arms behind the other one’s back and at the signal we were off and running…awkwardly, laughing, breathing hard, staying upright, then winning!

Our practice during PE had paid off.

That three-legged race was a really long time ago.

Although I haven’t run races since then of the expected kind, I have run a race that had a start and a finish.  Endurance was needed to see me through.  I had a finish line to focus on.  I also had a running buddy…several, in fact.

One stands out the most – my husband.

Our community has an advertising series going this month that features the men who supported the women who “ran the race” of breast cancer.

My husband “ran the race” with me

My man is one of those featured.

He was my faithful race partner as he went to all the appointments.  There were lots of appointments with doctors plus the six months of chemotherapy infusions.  Then there was surgery followed by recovery.  Radiation appointments came last. 

We started together.
We raced together.
We saw it through together.

Last week, I was driving down Veterans’ Parkway in our city and looked in the rear view mirror and to my happiness I saw a billboard with my husband’s picture on it.  Looking back, I see God’s provision in my husband’s support and encouraging presence and prayers.  Looking in the rear view mirror I saw that God had my back then as I drive forward now to whatever He has next.

In that moment I was reminded again of God’s faithfulness to provide a tangible running buddy who ran beside me every step of the way as I went through cancer in 2010.

And I am reminded of a verse that was an encouragement for me then and now:

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)

When God calls you to a difficult race, whatever that may be, run it.  Simply run it.  Keep your eyes fixed on the finish line where Jesus is. Trust that He has a running buddy or two in the wings to come alongside you to offer encouragement in the moments when you most need it.

Learn more about my cancer story.

Today, I’m writing with others on “Race” at


Five Minute Friday

Find other posts on #31DaysofSimpleGoodness at Day 1.

8 Comments

  1. Simply run it. – What good advice. God gives us the grace we need to run the race that is before us indeed. It is great to hear you grabbed it perservered. Keep running!

    • Thanks Kimberly! Whatever He sets before us is ours to do in Him. He’ll equip.

  2. Wow. Your race was definitely more challenging than a simple running race. I have many friends who have been impacted by breast cancer. I love that they are featuring your husband on the billboard.

    • We thought the Breast Care Center’s idea was a great one. Other husbands and some sons are featured along with the doctors. It is sweet to see these men standing beside their women in support…and in PINK! : )

  3. Simply running can be enough sometimes. My mom is a breast (and thyroid) cancer survivor. We run (well, walk) the Race for the Cure every year together as a reminder that family is first and being together is important!

    http://emilyrenee.blogspot.com/2012/10/five-minute-friday-race.html

    • So happy you are alongside your mom “running/walking” in the Race for the Cure each year. She sounds like a trooper! So happy for her!

  4. God bless you precious one.

    • Denise, thank you for stopping by again today. : ) God bless you, too!

Share some Gracious Good Feedback