During my school year years we used to have an athletic carnival every year where the state schools compete against each other. This was the time when all the schools best athletes compete against each other and where you would get picked for the state. In my school we had one girl who we all knew was the best in the whole state. We knew that she always beat her opponents by far and it was always exiting to watch her run. There she was ready to take off in her 1500 meters race. She did what we all expected and was at least 400 meters ahead of the second runner and the rest. She had 100 meters left and the whole crowd went crazy cheering for her. She was approaching the finish line very strong and then dropped to the ground right in front of the finish line.
Everyone was shouting get up or just touch the line! That’s how close she was, all she had to do was to put her finger on the line and she had heaps of time to do that, but she just laid there. We could see her and she was awake, but nobody knew why she didn’t touch the line and just laid the there. She never made it over the line and came last. It wasn’t that she lost the race that bordered me, but the fact that we never saw her running again. She could have come back the next year to compete again and go all the way.
I don’t know why she never crossed the line or ever ran again. I do know this, we all stand before a line we need to cross from time to time. Every line we cross will bring us closer to our destiny. It’s not always about how fast or slow we got to the line, but did we cross the line. Today I’m referring to the line you have to cross to fulfil your God-given destiny. Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Deborah, Gideon, Esther David, Peter, Paul, etc (just to mention a few), they all stood in front of their line once. What would have happened if they didn’t take the leap of faith and cross their lines? Today might be the day where you step out and cross your line.
Listen to the words of Apostle Paul.
You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athlete’s race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.
– 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (The Message)
You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
– 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (The Message)
To cross the line and reach your destiny, you have to be in the race. Some are not yet in the race, some might lay tired in front of the line and then others might be running the race with tired spirits. At the end if you commit, then the Father will help you over the line. Today I’m not only wondering what would’ve happened if that girl crossed over, but what will happen if you cross over.
Let’s run and cross over today.
Director of Youth With A Mission Sydney Island Breeze Sydney