I found this poem tucked away in one of my old notebooks, like any other poem I immediately deemed useless after writing. Years later, I realize it is so relevant to this season. At least in my life. For everyone else going through similar times, or just anyone who cares to read …
Run beside me
Accelerating by no limits
Beyond the measures out of breath
Keep running and keep in mind
Nothing behind us fits
Stop wishing things were like they once were
Because they’ll never be the same
And continually trying to recreate the past
Will leave us with no gain.
These times are not the movies.
With rounded story arcs and dénouement
We’re making our own stories
Unlike that tv show you saw.
Keep running until we can no longer run
And then we’ll run some more
Until our bodies are forced to collapse
Breathless, weary, and sore.
When we make it there alive
We’ll have touched our destiny …
In Hebrews 12, Paul exhorts us to “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” (12:1-2). Beloved, there is a race marked out for you. But there are things that hold you back in this life. Watch out for the little foxes that ruin the vineyards. It doesn’t have to mean blatant sin; it could be a broken mindset about who you are and your limitations.
This calling is not a light suggestion. Why is that? Because the sacrifice of Jesus was not a light event. Do we fully understand what He achieved for us? Do we truly know who we are in Christ to God? “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” (12:3).
If you don’t know what to do, set your eyes on Jesus.