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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
TITLE: Rhythm Of My Steps
By Noreen Ophoff
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Who mapped this course? The design has sharp turns. Jagged rocks like daggers wait for any misstep. I must be careful of every footfall. I have to concentrate intensely.
My fellow runners are behind me, yet I dare not become too comfortable with my lead. They too are determined--not just to finish--but to win.
The earthquake a week ago left cracks in the roadway. Sometimes I have to leap over the gouges to continue my quest. My legs feel numb, heavy with fatigue. Sweat is dripping from my striving body. My clothes are sticking to me. Tears are ready to fall due to my straining effort to continue.
There are hurdles coming into view. Hurdles in the midst of a marathon--I've never known of this before. I'm good at hurdles and I clear the first one with no problem. I'm tired, but there are more jumps ahead of me.
Someone behind me is closing the gap between us; anxious thoughts zip through my mind. I have to keep running, pacing my energy resources to the end, whatever that will bring.
The course of this marathon in my life right now. My husband has a growth on his left lung. The uphill run symbolizes the doctors he has seen and will see. The hurdles are the tests he's had, and the awful ones to come. The gaps in the course are the pitfalls. When you are laid off from work, as he is, there's no health insurance. This uphill climb is arduous. I'd rather just sleep, not run; but I don't know how to give up.
Jesus has sent caring people into our lives to listen to our fears, to pace us in our race. We're all praying for a clear diagnosis, and a trailway back to health. We've run many marathons before this, we've conquered other mazes of time and circumstances.
I keep running, running.
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