My wife loves “The Biggest Loser.” I can’t stand the show–it cultivates an unhealthy myth that the only way to lose weight successfully is to work out six hours a day and lose at least ten pounds a week. LAME. But since we got rid of cable, and only one TV has a digital converter box, sometimes I have to watch what she watches. Ah, the things you’ll do for love.
Earlier this week, the final four contestants were told they had to run a marathon. They had sixty days to prepare. During the race, each contestant hit “the wall”. Their bodies reached the point of exhaustion, and all they could think of was quitting. Each of them, however, pushed through it and got their second wind, finishing the marathon strong.
We’ve all heard that cliche, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” The reason it is cliche is that it’s true. There are times in life when we hit the proverbial wall. Our faith is tested. We wonder where God is and why He doesn’t rush in to save the day. If we told the truth, many of the things we panic over really pale in comparison to what others go through. But sometimes, life beans us in the head–the death of a loved one (especially if it is unexpected), an unexpected diagnosis, the loss of income, etc. In those times, where do we turn? Do we rely on ourselves, or do we look to God for our second wind?
Look what the author of Psalm 138 writes in Psalm 138:1-3,
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
When we rely on our own skills and strength, we wear down and fall on our faces. We worry, we stress. But when we call out to God and turn our worries over to Him, we do find that our soul increases. Our worries and stresses fade because we recognize we are not in control. No matter what our situation, we can take hope in the fact that God is in control. He knows what we need, and knows when we need to “sweat a little” in order to refocus on Him.
When was the last time you had to look to God for your “second wind”?