A Call to Persevere–whether mogul skier or curler!
As we come to the end of the first week of this Lenten journey the road ahead is still long, the finish line not yet in view. Is our commitment still strong, still determined to day by day, week by week, walk this journey of repentance, sorrow, struggle, to join in our Saviour’s road to the cross?
With the excitement of the Olympics high, glued to the TV cheering our Canadian hopefuls on, it dawned on me how different some of the sports are from each other. Consider first, the moguls; so exciting, so suspenseful, so quick…the race itself is less than 30 seconds…the athletes (though they train for years) know if they have won or lost in seconds or minutes while waiting at the finish line. This reminds me of some followers of Jesus who are called home to the finish line what we on earth would call “too early” or “too young” or “in the prime of their life” and yet, because our Father sees clearly what we only see through a glass darkly they have finished their race, they have been found faithful.
Contrast this with curling; though some might argue the games are as exciting or suspenseful (depending on the game), the one thing they certainly are not is quick…3 hours per game is usual, 10 ends and each team plays a minimum of 10 games…with lots of discussion of strategy and teamwork the games seem, at times, to last forever. This reminds me of those followers of Jesus who are called to remain here on earth for at least “three score and ten” and perhaps far beyond, to be examples for the rest of us to stay the course through the ups and downs of daily life. Though sometimes it may seem long and hard, they have been found faithful.
A weak analogy perhaps, this gives a glimpse of what we are called to as followers of Christ–to train, to discipline this weak body of ours so that, whether we are called to be a mogul skier or a curler, we will be found faithful at the end of this journey. During this season of Lent, as we walk this road, may we be reminded to encourage one another, and all the more as we see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25b)
A Prayer: Almighty and merciful God, Who art the Strength of the weak, the Refreshment of the weary, the Comfort of the sad, the Help of the tempted, the Life of the dying, the God of patience and of all consolation; Thou knowest full well the inner weakness of our nature, how we tremble and quiver before pain, and cannot bear the cross without Thy Divine help and support. Help me, then, O eternal and pitying God, help me to possess my soul in patience, to maintain unshaken hope in Thee, to keep that childlike trust which feels a Father’s heart hidden beneath the cross; so shall I be strengthened with power according to Thy glorious might, in all patience and long-suffering; I shall be enabled to endure pain and temptation and in the very depth of my suffering, to praise Thee with a joyful heart – Amen. Johann Habermann (1516-1590)
Verses to meditate on:
Hebrews 3:14 Hebrews 5:7-9 Hebrews 12:1-3
Recommended Books: The Path of His Passion by Bill Crowder
A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card
Contributed by Heather Armour