During the marathon on Saturday, there was a mile or so while I was running that I didn’t see anyone on the course. Some of the paths went through several neighborhoods and the spaces between the orange cones grew further apart. For a moment, I wasn’t sure I was going in the right direction. I finally caught sight of a policeman directing traffic in the middle of an intersection. I ran towards him and asked, “Am I still on course?” He smiled and said, “Sweetie, you are on the right course. Now, keep on running girl!”
In life, it is easy to follow the crowd, but it takes courage and conviction to follow after God. Sometimes it can get lonely running your race, wondering where the crowd has gone, and even whether you, yourself are on the right road. As with any long-term race, the course is full of obstacles that threaten to sidetrack us, but we need to remember that our goal is to stay on course and run with endurance. Keep running with the Lord, because He ran the race perfectly and finished His course and He can show us the way. So, when the race is over and we have finished the course, may we be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day,” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.