Crawl If You Have To

I recently listened to the story then watched the video of a woman named Julie Moss, who in February 1982, was a 23-year-old graduate student who competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.  The triathlon includes a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile run.

Near the end, she had a comfortable lead over the other athletes, but less than a mile from the finish, Moss’s legs turned to jelly and she collapsed.  She kept struggling to stand and walk, but kept collapsing.  Less than 10 yards from the finish, she collapsed for the final time. As Moss was lying there, she was passed by the woman in second, who won the race.

But Moss didn’t give up.  She got onto her knees and crawled inch by inch to the finish line to come in second.

It is amazing what people will go through to win an earthly race. To win a ribbon, medal or trophy. To win earthly applause and recognition.  How much more should we be willing to endure suffering and hardship to win heavenly glory.  To hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.”

If Julie Moss was so determined to get to the finish line that she would get up again and again after falling and then finally crawl to the end of the race, shouldn’t we who have the hope of enjoying Jesus forever be even more determined to finish our race?

If you are suffering today, don’t give up. Keep going. Keep seeking Jesus for strength. Keep asking for prayer. Keep thanking God. Keep meeting together with the saints.

Endure because when you gaze upon Jesus’ soul-ravishing beauty you will say it was worth it. You’ll say I would have endured a thousand lifetimes of suffering for this kind of joy and glory.

Lord Jesus, give us grace to endure!

  • http://journeyoffaithfulness.wordpress.com/ yellerdaisiez

    SO encouraging! Thank you so much!

    • Mark Altrogge

      You're welcome, Yeller! Thanks.

  • http://www.jodylynne.com Jody

    This is a great reminder to press on all the while looking at the finish line where we will see Jesus face to fact.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Yep we have to keep the finish line in view. I think that's where we fail at times – we have our eyes on this world and when this world disappoints us we can be tempted to give up

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  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Blaine. I'm grateful the Lord would encourage you.

  • http://speakingtothesoul.blogspot.com Nicole McLernon

    This is marvelous. Even when I am doing "well" (rather a relative term sometimes), stories and exhortations like this never fail to encourage and inspire me. Thanks.

    • Mark Altrogge

      I'm grateful Nicole, thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

  • http://www.themidnightcry.com Paul C

    Wow – excellent. "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart." (2 Cor 4)

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  • Felicia

    Excellent! Thank you for this devotion.