God Will See Us Into a Better Day
Dear Members and Friends of Second Congregational Church,
I feel like I’ve been here before. It was the 1985 Boston Marathon. At mile 17, I hit “the wall,” and it wasn’t what I expected. I wasn’t in pain, but my legs felt like they were made of cement. Mile 18 was two minutes slower than mile 17, and I just kept getting slower with each mile. I went from running to jogging to shuffling.
Then I got to the finish line and the officials urged the runners to keep moving through the finish chutes so we wouldn’t clog the process. Then I got through the chutes and had to walk around to find Beverly. Then we had to find the car. Then we had to navigate the traffic. Then we had to pack so we could leave the next day to drive back to Michigan.
The actual “finish line” from that lousy day just kept moving! I would struggle through one thing, and there’d be one more and one more and one more.
Right now with the coronavirus, it feels like another marathon gone wrong. The “finish line” for getting past it keeps moving. If we can just make it till summer, we’ll be okay! (Summer gave way to fall, winter, surging cases and a more contagious version of the coronavirus in the UK.) If we can just hang on till there’s a vaccine, we’ll be okay! (Distribution will take months.) If we can just make it until the end of the year, we’ll be okay! (Well, Friday is the first day of 2021, and it won’t be much different from Thursday.)
That’s just how life is sometimes. Sometimes it calls for endurance. When we come to the end of one thing, another thing needs to be done, and another and another. It brings to my mind Hebrews 12:1-2: So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. When we “fix our eyes on Jesus,” it means that the finish line is our faith, which we carry within us every day of our lives. HOW we live each day expresses our faith more than the tasks we complete along the way. And God will always give us strength for the hurdles that threaten to trip us.
God’s promises do not return empty! Things will be okay. God will see us into a better day.
May God bring you endurance sufficient for all that is before us this new year.