My friend, Rachel, is a marathon runner. While her races are on foot, and mine are currently symbolic, I think her thoughts and mine coincide when it comes to running our various types of marathons. At the beginning of a run, Rachel says,
I'm nervous and just want to get it started. I know I've trained but am still anxious about how the day will really go and what obstacles might creep up; the weather, my stomach issues, blisters, other aches and pains. I also have that feeling of "Seriously? How in the world did you get to this place and WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?"That’s how I felt at the beginning of my chemo treatments. I wondered how I had gotten there and was nervous. I was concerned about how the treatments would affect me; but I just wanted to get going with it all and get them done.
I would say, right about now is sort of like the halfway point for me. I am glad the first half is done, and it feels good to have the harder stuff out of the way, but I’m also weary as I don’t see the finish line yet. I’m ready for it to be done NOW! But, if I want to "win the prize" I know I need to keep going. Then, one day soon, I will be seeing that finish line, and I’ll be sprinting my way to the end.
Rachel says, "Afterward I usually can't believe I just did it. I am usually super happy it's over." I assume that is how I will feel also. Then, I’ll look back at what has been accomplished, and I’ll be praising God for getting me and my family through it.
Whatever you are going through right now, I hope this encourages you to keep pressing on. Whether you are at the beginning of your journey, at the halfway point, or nearing the end, keep your eyes focused on the goal. With God's help, you will make it through this... and, I know I will too...