In Junior High School, I was made to run the 800m. That is 2 laps around the track. I have mentioned this in a previous post titled.....Athlete. I was dead last. I was embarrassed.
My Senior year I was in a car wreck, not just a fender bender. I wrapped my Buick Skyhawk around a light pole. You can read more about that here. This wreck occurred in March, my boyfriend broke up with me in April, and my senior prom was in May.
I DID NOT GO TO PROM!
In bible study, I learned more about redemption. Redemption means the act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed. Redeemed means to free from what harms or to help over come something.
I had a humiliating run in Jr. high and a disappointment in not going to prom, but God over came that.
On Friday 11-1-13 I went to prom. It was a Bad Prom 5K. My husband was my date. I remember the day I asked him to go....yep I asked him....and I was shocked and thrilled he said yes. We got all dressed up in a fun and silly way. He got to do his 1st 5k and I got to do my 3rd.
I was even given the title of Prom Queen by my man. Talk about redemption. I no longer feel like that little girl on the track who was so humiliated and God blessed me with a prom do over.
In this same bible study we also discussed encouragement. If you have ever run a race, the group of encouragers along the way pushes you and keeps you going.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. "
God has given us all different races:
- everyday life is a race
- marriage struggles
- work issues
- struggling with an answer to prayer or wrestling with spiritual matters
- weight loss
Whatever your 5k is, I pray that you find encouragement from others and from Jesus.
He has you in His righteous right hand.
In closing I want to end with words to encourage you and push you on your race:
"You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”― Max Lucado, The Christmas Candle
You got this! All things through Christ!