Job 14:7 — Job 14:9
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
It was once said, if you can’t run; walk, if you can’t walk; crawl.
Well, I will get back to that.
Life to me is a straight line with so many curves. Naturally, life ends at death, but for us who believe, we know and hope that there is life after death.
Life is a race as Paul told us.
Meaning, if anything, we ought to always move forward. No matter what happens to us.
As C.S Lewis said, “there is room for waiting, but there is no room for camping. As we wait, we pray. “(Paraphrase)
Life has lots of ups and downs. Amazingly, life cannot screw us unless we choose to believe that we are screwed. Otherwise, life will always work for our good no matter what happens to us.
Didn’t the Holy Spirit inspire Paul to write to us that all things work together for all those that believe and are called according to God’s purpose.
Friends, if we believe that life is a race or rather something in motion, we will always desire to start again everytime we fall. This is true, because, every runner aims to finish the race.
Look at it not as a competition, but as your own race, in your own field, on your own lane, with Christ as your coach.
Run the race with perseverance. When you fall, stand and run again.
So what makes us fall??
So many hurts in this life. Too many temptations. Too many griefs and heartbreaks. These things lower our momentum.
These hurts stiff our muscles, they lame our limbs. They numb us.
It takes strength to rise again.
Strength to say, “I want to continue running” rather than, “I wanna start running again”
Because, honestly, when you fell, you never left the race, you are still there on the lane. So what’s necessary is to stand up or crawl….to continue moving!
I say again, “Continue moving.”
The only time we stop is when we know we are on the wrong lane. That’s when we stop to start again or better still, to go back to our lane, the right path and continue our race.
I will have accomplished my purpose of writing this piece if you see life as a journey rather than an event. I want you to see life as in constant motion. Events end, journeys too end but at the destination.
Events are short term but journeys are long term, purposely because they have a destination.
Friend, keep moving.
My consolation comes from knowing that my life is in the hands of God. Knowing that everyday, I can choose to pick my cross again and walk or crawl, coz running with the cross is sometimes difficult. That’s why I rely on the Holy Spirit. Not always of course, sometimes am pigheaded and choose to harden my heart…
But I’ve learnt not to stop.
Stopping means going back to a comfort zone, stopping means stagnating, stopping means giving up an end goal, stopping means, letting shame and guilt rule… stopping means camping.
Friend, you can wait but don’t stop. As you wait, pray. Pray that the good Lord may show you the next step.
Too much to say there is. But I beg to stop here.
If you know you are on the right path, your path, be it in academics, careers, relationship, partnership, community work, charity, friendship, devotion, religion, just name it. If truly you are on your lane, keep moving, not at your own pace, but at the pace of The Author and Finisher of our faith..
“It’s is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”
Dear one, I insist, as long as you are on your lane, keep moving, in His pace and eventually, no matter the number of times you fall, you will surely get there. At the right time still.
Amazingly, the falls are part of the race, they are not step backwards, rather, a leap forward.
Author: Abbey James.