The word “Endurance” came to mind last night while hearing how a friend of mine’s family is being effected during this time. With this word, endurance, the Lord brought Hebrews 12 to mind.
v. 1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
v. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted…
v. 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?…
v. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
As we run this steady, quarantined race set before us over the next month, let us not grow weary or fainthearted. This passage speaks to me in a couple of ways. I needed to be disciplined in no longer being “rushed.” I get impatient with my children when they don’t move at my pace. But, they are not the one’s in the wrong. I am. They are closer to their original, untarnished design by their maker. They were designed to NOT RUSH. Overtime, that design plan seems to get overwritten in us, doesn’t it? And the process of re-programming ourselves back to it’s original design – aka what’s best for us – is, as vs 11 says, a painful rather than pleasant process. This quarantine is not convenient for any of us. But I love the rest of that same verse. “It yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
We are disciplined because we are loved by our Father. He Loves Us! And He wants what is best for our hearts. More meal times and game-nights as an entire family unit matters to Him and is better for us. Talking to our neighbors more matters to Him and is better for us. Leaning on each other in times of need matters to Him and is better for us. Looking to Jesus matters to Him and is better for us.
I believe once this is over, none of us are going to be unchanged. Let us take time to see how we can use this “un-rushed” time to re-program ourselves – be trained in completely new ways or even return to our original designs – so that we can enjoy a beneficial outcome of our endurance; a gold medal at the end of our race; a peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Have Courage, Be Kind, & Let your Light Shine!
– Lindsey Alaine