The stress before a race can make one physically sick. However, once it starts, the focus should be on finishing the race rather than the difficulties faced before the start. Although things may not always go as planned, the excitement of crossing the finish line and the celebration at the end often makes it all worthwhile.
Becoming ill before a race due to butterflies is trivial as compared to many of the greater challenges we face in life. One difference is that we rarely know when the storms will come or how long they will last. We often don’t understand why things happen or what will occur next. However we must move forward with each new day and look ahead to those things that will bring a smile to our face or help us find comfort in our hearts.
This week is special for all Christians as we celebrate Easter. Many understand the significance of Thursday and the Lords Supper, Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus, and ultimately Sunday when Christ triumphed over death. Saturday is a day we often overlook or question its significance given what happened the day before and after that first Easter.
As I reflected on this coming Saturday while running, I thought about those who were alive during this amazing and difficult time in our history. They had been blessed with being in the presence of our Lord and yet did not understand what happened that Friday or what was to occur on Sunday morning just over 2,000 years ago. I do not want to trivialize this important time for our faith but similar to them, I believe we often spend time trying to understand why things have happened, how they will turn out, or what is next.
Let us therefore use this Saturday and each day thereafter to put our hope and trust in the Lord who is with us always. He is always present and will lift us up in the end to celebrate the life we have been given.
I pray you all have a wonderful Easter,