I was talking to Anna after church service, and she was telling me about her new exercise regimen. She loves to swim, but she has begun incorporating walking laps in her routine. She said, “I walked a mile, but it took me a long time. Guess how long it took me?” I couldn’t tell her. Don’t judge me, but I have no idea how much time such a distance would take on foot. I’m not a runner, jogger, or walker … unless trying to catch up to my kids. But, I digress. So, back to Anna. She told me, “It took me an hour to walk that mile.” And by the expression on her face, that’s a long time.
I met Anna six years ago. She had just graduated from high school, had many friends, and looked forward to her future. Then, one night she was on a windy road, and her life took a turn she never would have imagined. The accident severely injured her leg and left her in a coma. Then, one day, God awakened her, but not just from the coma. She was awakened and made alive in Christ. After years of hearing the gospel and how Jesus Christ died on the cross for her sins, she finally beheld the beauty of Christ. She was changed forever.
Today, she walks with a cane and sometimes has trouble with her short-term memory, but she is not hindered one bit by her disabilities. Her one-hour one-mile walk is a testimony of her strength and perseverance. I told her that walking that mile was one mile more than what I and many others have done. I have so many excuses for not exercising, but those excuses can also multiply in other areas in my life, especially my spiritual life, such as not reading my Bible, not praying, and not dealing with my sin. Anna was simply sharing about her workout routine, but I was also reminded that I need to press on in life no matter what obstacles I face.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
(Photo Credit: Dawn – Pink Chick)