Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Never Give Up, The Father Comes to Help

After you read this, scroll down and watch the accompanying video.
I have received so many responses from people telling me they wept as they watched the Derek Redmond video below. Why does it have this effect on so many of us? First of all, the anguish and disappointment in the young man's face is heart-wrenching. Also, the determination of his loving father to help him finish the race is deeply moving.
But I think it touches us so deeply because subsconsciously we identify with this young man. Most of us don't see ourselves finishing the race so strong and proud as those who sped across the finish line up front, but rather we see ourselves stumbling, broken, limping, and often crippled, and finishing the race because our Father in heaven in His great love and mercy towards us has come to pick us up and help us along to the finish line, holding us in His arms.

These Bible verses seem very appropriate here.
"If I say, 'My foot slips,' Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me Your comforts delight my soul."
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us." 1 John 3: 1.
"Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, both now and forever, Amen."
Jude 1: 24-25.
"Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." Hebrews 12: 1-2.

"...He will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand." Romans 14: 4

I encourage you to watch this inspiring video.
Billy Long

1 comment:

Lorrie said...

Awesome video clip about the Father heart of God...and about us letting the Father heart of God reach out through us to others...Thanks for sharing it Billy...
"Yes, I cried while watching it too ;)"