Run and not grow weary...

Isaiah 40:
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

When I was younger and applied myself I could run long distance. I discovered that pacing, breathing and focusing on my destination kept me moving forward. I found that there is a second wind when you push through the initial waning of power.

It’s not that runners do not get weary; they do. But, they have learned to use their energy, stride and preparation time wisely. There is a certain toughness that pushes through when the flesh says it’s time for a jump in the pool.

The ancient writer wrote:

Hebrews 12: 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

In waiting, trusting and resting we train for the human race. We learn from those who have run ahead and alongside us—this great crowd of runners. We learn to let go and put aside the things that slow us down.

We train for life’s race by looking at Jesus’ example. He pressed on and covered the distance because of the joy of winning. People who keep running have learned to pace themselves in ways so they do not lose heart. The runner has the advantage of using their time well and covering lots of ground.