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Marathon 20-Mile Moment

     I recently heard someone talk about all the training that takes place to perform the grueling 26 mile race. She recommended that someone considering a marathon begin training at least three to four months ahead, saying that runners often start even a year or two in advance. The most valuable training needed is mental determination and a commitment to finish.

     Out of over 5,000 people who ran a recent NY marathon, only 680 finished! There is something that most runners experience at about the 20-mile mark called “the wall.” It’s a total mental and physical meltdown.  Everything in the body says it cannot go on. Many runners prepare in advance to over-compensate for that meltdown moment—placing supporters, cheerleaders, and water rejuvenation breaks along the way. One guy said he had a coach run alongside him through that difficult mile to chatter about jokes and stories and get his mind off the pain and the discouragement.

     This season in my life has been the 20-mile mark in my own personal marathon. But thanks to supporters and cheerleaders, and of course the rejuvenating Water of Christ and a most incredible Coach in the Lord, I am now approaching mile 21 and going strong.

     You see, God reminded me recently in my own 20-mile moment, that I am under his “shelter” and nothing can come against me or my family as long as I am in that place. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (KJV). That secret place—that special place—is where we will find our true rest, our true provision, our true security . . . in His shadow. So it's under His shadow that I keep running, with confidence knowing that I will never go through a "20-mile mark" alone and that as long as I find rest in HIM, under His shadow, I will not only make it to the 21-mile mark, but I will finish the race.

 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (NIV).

Copyright © 2008-2015 Tiffany Hester

Reader Comments...
2011-04-04 08:35:26
"This article was so wonderful and encouraging...God will help us through the difficulties but having a Godly mentor and coach is essential to move forward..."
        - Helen
2011-04-01 21:54:24
"I totally agree, thanks for sharing sis, blessings"
        - Heather

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