To The Weary Who Walk
"And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over,
he and the 300 men who were with him,
exhausted yet pursuing." Judges 8:4
This picture of an ad from Johnne Walker speaks to me -- Empty tank? Keep walking. This sounds a bit like what was said of Gideon and his men…exhausted yet pursuing.
The stories of good people I know and love also speak of this to me. Let me share a few with you.
Every week I meet with a friend of mine who battles chronic fatigue and pain that has been debilitating for many years. It keeps him from being able to do most things that he longs to do yet every week he forces himself to make his way to the coffee shop so we can spend time together to talk about life and God. Exhausted yet pursuing.
Another friend suffers from migraines regularly. She has fewer good days than bad ones and it has been a painful journey as she has tried just about everything for relief. Yet she engages with her beautiful children each day and finds time to volunteer, advocate, and encourage others. Exhausted yet pursuing.
A friend of Aly’s just lost her niece a little over a week ago after a battle with CF. She gave us all a glimpse of her wounded heart in her words online as she mentioned how she deeply “wanted a miracle” as she hoped and prayed for healing. She and her family are devastated yet she posts memories frequently and points to a hope that lies beyond the here and now. Exhausted yet pursuing.
Just this month, a high school friend had to take her daughter to the emergency room because she was screaming from a headache only to be told the news hours later that she had a brain tumor. She is heartbroken and worn out from the physical and emotional toll of the news, surgery, pain, fatigue, fear, and treatment; yet she rises every morning to fight the good fight on behalf of her little girl. Exhausted yet pursuing.
Perhaps you are like me and so many others I know…weary on this journey toward Home.
Take heart…the fact that you got out of bed today and are even reading these thoughts of mine are evidence that you continue to walk. You too are exhausted yet pursuing.
I have come to believe that one of the marks of a true follower of our Messiah is simply putting one foot in front of the other regardless of how painful it is or how weak our faith may be at any given moment.
To those of you I referred to at the beginning of this post and to many of you I know who are fellow strugglers — Thank you.
Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for the sermon your life preaches each and every day. Thank you for the humble display of one who pursues although I know you are exhausted.
In my eyes, your example is heroic.