There’s a term that athletes use: “Hitting the Wall”. It basically means that sudden fatigue and loss of energy have occurred. A marathon runner can push through that experience and eventually overcome it–or they can just stop, bow out of the race, quit altogether. Months of conditioning and fitness-training have prepared them to endure, stay focused on the goal, which is to finish the course.
In times when we are getting weary, running out of steam, finding it so difficult to continue on in this journey called “LIFE,” we have Jesus Christ who comes right along side of us and gives us the strength to go on. His timing is perfect. I find that searching the Bible for a verse to encourage me during those times of exhaustion can really help! One of my favorite promises from God’s Word is found in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things which strengthened me.”
Jesus endured the pain and suffering of the Cross, accomplishing His Father’s Will to go to Calvary and die for our sins. He was beaten, and bruised along that path; He was spat upon, whipped and rejected as being the Son of God. He could have stopped, quit, refused to complete the mission. Yet, He knew that the victory would be sweet and that the promise of eternity (with Him) for all mankind, is a goal worth pursuing. Proverbs 18:24 tells us that he is a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” A stick of gum can remind us to stay strong in the Lord, confident that we have a true friend who will not fail us.
Jesus is there for us, knowing our weaknesses and our sufferings. He loves us and cares for us, and WILL give us strength. He has already crossed the finish line and is there waiting for us!