Our Heavenly Guide Runner

It was a sight to behold, hundreds of people lining streets with an array of colourful  banners and balloons . Homemade signs with words of encouragement or something funny to spur loved ones on. The roar of the crowd as people cheered participants on and shouted words of encouragement, “come on”, “keep going”, “you’ve got this” was powerfully uplifting. The London Marathon is truly a magnificent event to see as people stand shoulder to shoulder, united in cheering the participants on.

Blinde Frau läuft beim Marathon

There were times I felt quite emotional, especially when I saw the guide runners. Their job being to guide a runner around the route who is visually impaired. The guide runners are connected to their runner with a bit of rope in the shape of a figure of 8 which goes around their wrists. The guide runners’ job is to describe the route, the terrain, to look out for anything hazardous like other runners or poor road surfaces and to guide their runner safely around the route. The intimacy of this partnership is quite extraordinary to watch as they spur their running partner on, willing them to do well, to finish the race set before them.

 

 

In Philippians 3 verse 12-14 Paul uses the metaphor of a race as he talks about the Christian faith. He says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sister, I do not yet consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  As participants diligently train for the marathon Paul encourages us to be diligent in training in our Christian faith, to keep our eyes fixed on the goal to which God has called us. To set aside those things which could cause us to stumble and to diligently  spend time with our Father on a regular basis getting to know Him through prayer, reading our bibles, mediating on His word, spending time in community with other Christians who will spur us on in our faith just like the crowd spurred the marathon runners on.

As I watched the guide runners guide their runners along the route it reminded me how much more our Father in heaven guides us through every type of terrain. In the bible in Isaiah 41 verse 13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Our Lord takes hold of us by the right hand, wow! And not only that, His Holy Spirit is in us and guides us as we run the Christian race.

Keep fixing your eyes on the goal towards which God has called you, He’s spurring you on.

 

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