This past July, I ran my first Peachtree race. Although it was not my first 10k, it was definitely a great experience and one that I will truly treasure. It was easy to find inspiration all around. It was the largest 10k race I have ever seen and comparable to the many famous marathons I have raced. There were elite athletes, athletes in wheelchairs competing, a father pushing his disabled son through the race, character dress ups and people showing their patriotism for Independance Day. What was special to me about this particular race was that it was the first race that I signed up to run for my new running buddy, Sophie Lewis, who I was paired up through I Run for Michael program.
The run began easy. People were laughing and talking. It was a totally positive atmosphere. Then, at about mile 4, I really started to think out Sophie. This is for Sophie. Because she can’t, I will. Right now, she could not walk. I suddenly felt emotion well up inside me as I pictured this precious almost 3 year old girl who had been stricken with illness. As my mind continued to wander, I began to hear Jesus say a similar message from the cross: “This is for my Dad. Because you men can’t, I will.”
Ephesians 2:1-10 explains to us that we are in desperate need of a Savior. God created us in His own image to share His life in fellowship with us. And, by choice, we have sinned and have lost connection with Him. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. Therefore, Jesus has stepped in and told us, “This is for my Dad.” His Dad and ours.
Jesus died for us so that we could be reconnected with God. “Because you can’t, I will.” There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We must accept what Jesus did for us. He took the brunt of God’s wrath, so that we could be reconciled with Him.
Ever since I was paired up with precious Sophie, I have kept repeating the words running through my mind during that race. Those words got me through the cold and rainy 6.2 miles on July 4, 2015, and, in reality, that message saved me from an eternal separation from God. Thank You, Jesus, for saying, “This is for my Dad. Because you can’t, I will.”
1. Have you accepted what Jesus has done for you? Put your faith in Him today!
2. What is God telling you today through the ordinary, everyday things you see?
John 3:16, Romans 10:9,Ephesians 2:1-10