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Topic: FEET (01/17/19)
- TITLE: The Finish Line
By Karlene Jacobsen
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Were they lying because they didnâ€™t think I would notice, or that I would so glad for the outcome that their deception wouldnâ€™t matter; or, did they really believe what they were saying?
Whatever the answer, I can tell you my feet are bloody from the journey. My knees too, because once my feet gave out, all I had left was a crawl. See my hands? Raw. My knuckles are gnarled from arthritis setting in 10,000 feet ago. I donâ€™t know if theyâ€™ll ever be soft and pain-free again.
Nevertheless, the journey is worth it.
My first glimpse of victory was small, distant â€¦ much like the cloud a fistâ€™s size spoken of in Elijahâ€™s day (1). It was a promise. All the hope I needed to take another step. Move another foot.
Each foot became a mile. Every mile, a milestone. At each milestone, I could hear my predecessors cheering me on to the next. â€œYou can do this,â€ my heart could hear them call from heaven.
Do they really call from heaven? I donâ€™t know, but memories of them from childhood echo their cheers long after theyâ€™ve gone home to Glory. Iâ€™ll hold onto these glimpses into their wisdom and their praise from yesteryear.
Besides, itâ€™s their words that propel me forward. Their unconditional love has shown me the way. Itâ€™ll be their devotion to our Savior that keeps me looking to the Cross for comfort as well as discipline; because, if not for the cross, I wouldnâ€™t know true love and devotion. I wouldnâ€™t know that the pain and discouragement crowding my judgment over the past 15 yearsâ€”cancer, stroke, death, pain, broken relationships, broken bank accountsâ€”was momentary in comparison to eternity.
If allowed, the brokenness of this life can burden us with the trials we face (2); so, we must always remind ourselves, that having persevered under trial, we will â€œreceive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.â€(3)
Believe me, or donâ€™t. My journey is far from over. When I do cross the finish line, feet in shreds, knees bloody, hands gnarled by arthritis, all things will be made new, every tear wiped away, and the greatest victory celebration will beginâ€”for eternity.
(1) 1 Kings 18:44
(2) John 16:33
(3) James 1:12
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