Run and Not Be Weary

By Sally Walton of Walkersville, Maryland, USA

…but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

I think about all the lessons I have learned from the people often considered the weakest of our society. I have been a special-education teacher for years, and I have worked with students who daily deal with assorted challenges.

I learned one outstanding lesson at the Special Olympics, an athletic competition for mentally and physically challenged people. I was standing near the course for the 25-yard walk. This is an event for athletes who have severe motor challenges.

Five athletes of assorted sizes and ages lined up. When the signal was given, they started walking, hobbling, and sliding toward the finish line. Many used canes and walkers.

The person who caught everyone’s attention was a middle-aged gentleman who took a couple of steps and fell. With encouragement from his “coach-buddy,” he got up, brushed himself off, and started again. He fell again after a few more steps. Again he got up, brushed himself off, and continued the race—for a few more steps.

He repeated this routine until he crossed the finish line and fell into the arms of his coach. He was far behind the other competitors. But he finished!

Everyone was so mesmerized by this gentleman that no one noticed who crossed the finish line first. In true Special Olympics spirit, all the finishers were declared winners and given medals.

This man’s actions reminded me in a visible way of God’s response to us. We run, we stumble, and we fall. God is always there, encouraging us to get back up and brush ourselves off. God then lets us start running again—usually only to stumble and fall. However, when we get to the finish line, God is there with open arms ready to declare us winners.

Prayer for Peace:

Thank you, patient God, for letting us start over when we fall—when we fail. Thank you for reaching out to us with open arms to catch us. Help us to transform the “arms” race into a “peace” race. May we all be winners.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Scripture as Continuing Revelation

Read and pray with the Doctrine and Covenants as continuing revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on recent counsel in Sections 156–164. Pray for deep understanding of meaning and for the opening of your heart and emotions to the text. Pray to hear the particular phrase or word that speaks to you or touches your life. Listen as fully and openly as you can. What sense of divine presence or invitation comes? What is revealed?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will be patient with myself and others.

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  1. my favorite verse ..thank for sharing 🙂

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