Recently a dear neighbor died. She was amazing to me. At just a few years shy of one hundred years old, she was always outside, raking her leaves in the fall, shoveling snow in the winter, mowing her grass in the summer, always active, always busy. She had family and friends that would have done those things for her, but she enjoyed activity, she was unstoppable.
After I heard that she had died I thought to myself that they should write the following on her tombstone:
“The Only Thing That Could Stop Her Was Death”
I admired her tenacity and zest for life. I envied it. Up until she died I would have truly said she was in better shape than I. To live your life fully until death stops you in your tracks, that is the way to go.
Sadly, too many of us crawl rather than run through life. We would run if we could, but life has slowed us down through disability, disease, and various afflictions. We envy those who can go with stopping, run without slowing down. It is hard to be a spectator in life.
Yet I believe we can find ways to run our race, to forge ahead when affliction would stop us in our tracks. We may not be running, but with cane, wheelchair, even hospital bed–we can forge ahead, keep moving, run our race in the best way we can. Affliction may stop us, but we can choose to move forward in whatever way is available to us, and we don’t move alone.
Those of us who have fellowship with God understand the He is with us in our affliction, we do not run our race alone. Whether our gene pool or life itself has thrown roadblocks in our path, we can call upon God to aid us in the fight, to give us strength to lift our head when we are too weak to move otherwise. And within we are standing up, fighting, rising to the challenge having our spirit fortified with His Spirit.
Be encouraged by those who can run well, those who keep moving when life should have stopped them in their tracks. And when you are weak and can barely walk much less run, lift up your head, rise up in your spirit, call upon the Father to give you strength to move forward, to continue your race. Perhaps when our life is over they will write on our tombstone: “The Only Thing That Could Stop Them Was Death”.
Prayer: Dear Lord, life throws many things in our path to stop us, help us to continue running the race, and to finish well. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. His hope is that he finishes his race well, in spite of affliction.
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Do you find that affliction often stops you in your tracks? How do you get moving again?