The Bentonville Half Marathon on March 31 was of special interest to me because my niece, Amber, was running 13 miles in just about two hours time. Over 2000 runners participated and the weather was absolutely gorgeous for the event.
My mind was racing from the time the first runner crossed the finish line. Anticipation filled the air as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends filled around the finish line waiting for their distinguished runner to come in. The crowd cheered with excitement and continued to watch with anticipation to see who the next runner would be. I thought of
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
The crowd cheered each time a runner crossed the finish line, the music was playing, the speaker announced the winners and their times and many times he encouraged them, “Finish strong, finish strong!”
I was crying! my mind was on heaven and how each time a saint passed from this world to the next, the crowd would cheer, the band would play and the contestants hugged their family as they received a gold medal from the sponsors.
My heart was especially touched when I heard a mother say with trembling lips and expectant eyes, “Where’s my girl?”
I realized heaven is a happy place but now heaven awaits for those who are expected to cross the finish line, “Finish strong.”
One runner was laying down in the grass at the 12 mile marker waiting on emergency personnel, he didn’t make it to the finish line…close… but not close enough.
Take to the charted path today, run with all your might, join with Paul who proclaimed, “…I have finished the course…” Finish strong!