Thursday, October 4
Picture: Body (feet)
Scripture: Acts 3:6-9: Ephesians 4:1-7; Colossians 1:9-12; Hebrews 12:1-3; Isaiah 52:7
Just about two years ago in November of 2016 I had the pleasure of traveling to New York City with 3 of my friends and our fellow Soul Sisters - Amanda Jones Thompson, Anne Dube Ward, and Teresa Luecke Walbrink. The trip was planned with purpose. Amanda and Teresa would be running in the famous NYC Marathon while Anne and I would be cheering them on. The day of the race our runners laced up their shoes and began the journey toward that goal of which they had been focused for so long – getting across that finish line. I couldn’t have been more proud of these ladies as they completed their 26.2 miles. What an accomplishment, they had run a good race! It was pure euphoria just being a spectator; I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have participated in the event.
When we got back to the apartment and Amanda took off her shoes, the evidence of the stress of all the miles of hitting the pavement became evident. She had a blister the size of a golf ball on the sole of her foot. As I was wrinkling my nose and freaked out by the size of this water-filled monster, I remember her saying something along the lines of “These types of injuries are just expected to happen when you run!” (All the more reason for me to spectate and cheer! HA!)
Today our focus for our picture devotional is our feet and our daily walk with Christ. Whether we are running a race in New York City, climbing a mountain high, or strolling through a valley low we can learn a few lessons about this journey called life from the story of my friends and their marathon.
#1 – Their feet which are the foundation of our bodies are the reason they were able to run the race. Christ, our spiritual foundation, is the reason we too can go the distance in this earthly life.
#2 – They began with the end in mind. They set the goal and made plans to complete the race long before they arrived in NYC. They couldn’t be the old version of themselves and be successful. They had to get up off their couches and create new habits. They had to become a new version of themselves and continually strive to resist their old way of life. By faith in Christ, we can now “walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) Let’s not wait until the end of our life to begin saying yes to a new walk with Christ.
#3 – They were following the path marked out by the leaders of the race looking for direction at every turn. We depend our guide, the Holy Spirit to lead us and help us stay on the right path, a path with purpose based on the calling God has placed on our life.
#4 – They didn’t know how it would all turn out. Of course they had doubts and fears! But my friends claimed and believed that they could do all things through Christ and they just went for it…fearlessly! We should all choose faith over fear in our daily walk with Christ.
#5 – Sometimes blisters will appear. The path isn’t always easy and can cause stress and injury from time to time. But by preparing and keeping our eyes on the goal – we will persevere knowing that God has us. Also, we shouldn’t let those blisters keep us from participating fully. Although I was a spectator at the marathon, I want to be a full out participant living life to the fullest for Him. And, finally, be someone's cheerleader - not only cheering them up when they are injured, but cheering them on toward victory!
#6– Crossing the finish line they exhibited pure joy. Even though they were exhausted from hours of running, they were overcome with happiness. The journey wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like that lame beggar that we read about today in Acts celebrating when I cross that finish line of life. I want to have left all of my exhaustion on earth and cross that line jumping and shouting and praising God for the miracles in my life.
#7 – There was a prize at the end; they were both given medallions for their participation. When we cross the finish line of life we will be given a prize, life eternal to walk the streets of gold with our Heavenly Father. And I pray that as we look into our Creator’s eyes He says, “You ran a good race, my good and faithful daughter.”
Take some time today to reflect and journal about your walk with Christ. Looking at the seven points above where can you grow closer to Him in your journey?
As we come to you this morning we thank you for our feet, the foundation of our body. They allow us to walk, jump, dance, and run this race called life. And Lord, we thank you for Christ our firm foundation in You. Help us God as we navigate through the twists and turns of our marathons. Be with us when we are hurt or injured and help us cheer each other up and on! And Lord, thank you for the grace that you extend to us that assures us that You will be there cheering us on as we run through that ribbon in front of the pearly gates. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen