For When You Feel Discouraged…


Maybe you made big plans to get up early and read your Bible, pray, exercise and plan. Maybe you hit the snooze button this morning. Maybe you’ve hit it every morning for the past month.

Maybe you’re feeling discouraged right now. Or maybe you’ve been discouraged for awhile.

Maybe your past echoes of brokenness, fatigue and failed dreams.

Have I got a story for you.

This isn’t a story of triumph. It’s a story of pain, falling short and unfulfilled dreams. But it’s also a story of furious love. And a reminder that faithfulness in the face of our failures can bring the greatest reward of all.

Last Place Never Looked So Good

Barcelona. 1992. Derek Redmon was Britain’s greatest quarter miler.

BANG!! Off to a good start, his prospects for the race looked good. Until…

Until his hamstring snapped. Yes, snapped. He stumbled and fell to the ground. With cameramen snapping pictures and the world watching, he was consumed with the pain of his broken body and broken dream.

And then? He made a decision. To finish. He knew he wouldn’t come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd. He knew he wouldn’t cross the finish line in victory. But he decided he would cross that line. So, up he struggled and he hobbled down the track, grimacing in pain.

Then, in the background, something happened in the stands. A man, older, gray-er than Derek pushed past people, waved off guards and ran down the track. His face was filled with the furious love of a father.

He pushed away officials. He pushed away security personnel. He pushed away anyone who dared interfere. He wrapped his arms around his weeping son and together they finished the race.

Few could name the winner of the 400 meter gold that year. But millions of people remember Derek’s faithfulness and his father’s furious love.

You Do Not Struggle Alone

If you are struggling, whether it’s with getting up in the morning or life in general, never believe that your Father’s love is any less furious.

He DOES NOT stand at the finish line awaiting your triumphant victory. He runs alongside you, cheering you as you go. And when you struggle, when you fall, He wraps His all powerful, healing hands around you and and holds you as you press on. Together.

He will let nothing get in His way.

Enough of my insufficient words. Read what David said in the Psalms and then watch the video below.

Psalm 18

4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Grab Your Tissues Now…

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Press on, my friends. For perfection is not our reward. He is.

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(Originally posted on 2.14.10. I’m working on a group solution for everyone who had Hello Mornings Challenge registration issues. I’ll post it tomorrow or later today. Thanks for your patience.)

Comments

  1. During some of my trials the past few months, God showed me this verse. It was one of those times where I didn’t know what to read, and so I just opened my Bible. To this:

    ‘and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. Deut. 1:31.

    It made me think of the “Footprints” poem.

  2. This really hit home for me and I loved the video! I used to be a competitive runner in high school. Track and cross-country. I fell twice, both in big events. It was devastating.

    Our 4×800 relay was trying to qualify for state. We were at the regional meet and the top 3 teams advanced. I was the first runner. I was neck and neck with the first place runner, and someone clipped my foot from behind and I was trampled.

    I got up, found my baton and continued and our relay team did our best, but we were last.

    The team that won state that year? The girl who clipped my foot. It was bitter.

    Before that, I was tripped in the cross-country sectional. I was in around 12th place at the time, and when I got up I was in 15th and held my position. It was the last possible position I could be to advance to regional, and I’m thankful. I didn’t do well at regionals. Too injured, and my spirit was broken.

    I never ran competitively again, instead choosing to get a part-time job to save for college.

    It’s hard to get back up and finish the race. But it’s satisfying when you do complete it.

    I hope to get back into running someday, and maybe do some 5ks. I just hope I don’t fall down anymore!

  3. What an absolutely moving post. Psalm 18 is precious to me. When I have become overwhelmed w/anxiety it reminds me of my Father’s love. Thank you!

  4. Loved it! The one day I decide to put make up on and it is running down my face! Thank you though for the moving video and the reminder that he is always beside us!

  5. I was crying before I watched the video. Now my face is a covered in tears. Thanks so much for sharing. God is so good!!! His love is so strong.

  6. This came to my inbox at just the right moment! A wonderful reminder. Thank you for letting God use you!

  7. Oh, man. I am an absolute puddle of tears. I think I stepped into the “ugly cry” for a second there, too. That was just beautiful…thank you!!!!

  8. Thank you for posting. Wiping the tears away!
    My mom Sue – who was my spiritual mom, mentor and best friend – read Psalm 18 to me at a time when I was discouraged.
    My family is in a time of transition and waiting on the Lord for direction. Thank you for your encouraging post!

    • Lisa,
      Isn’t Psalm 18 incredible. I love how it showcases both His incomprehensible power and His tender compassion and love. I’m glad the post encouraged you!

  9. That scripture picked me up! I’ve been listening to my audio bible all morning and before I read this post I was up to Psalm 17. David sounded so broken and bold all in one breath! And this culminates Christ’s power!

  10. Synthia Emmerson says:

    This post serves as an inspiration for many. I was reminded not be feel alone, insecure and depressed because the Lord Almighty is always there for me. What verse strikes you the most?

    Thanks for sharing Psalm 18.

    – Synthia
    http://onlinedatingtipsnadvice.com

    • Synthia,
      The verse that strikes me the most is verse 19 where it says, “He rescued me because He delighted in me…”

      The idea that God delights in me is stunning…

  11. thank you. I needed that today.

    • You’re welcome, Slawebb.

      • I loved how the dad said, “We started his career together and I think we should finish it together.” How applicable to God. We started together and he’s here all the way to help us get over the line so we can finish together.

  12. This p;ost ministers on so many levels to me today! Thankyou Kat. You & all of the team are such an inspiration to me! Thankyou! I needed this TODAY!

  13. Awesome coincidence: what does the father’s shirt say? -“Have you hugged your — today.” Not sure the word that I can’t read, but my mind filled in with “kid.” Such a fantastic story.

  14. Man, that is just etched (maybe seared) into the memory of anyone who saw it. It still makes me shiver.
    Thanks for passing out those torches, Kat. You are a gift from God.

    • Valerie,
      Did you see it on TV? I remember watching it when it happened. I’ve always been an Olympic nerd and I was glued to the TV that summer.

      • Yes! Olympic nerds here too! It was Nadia Comeneci that got me hooked when I was a kid. Last winter Olympics, my kids and I actually sat glued to curling. Curling! Must be some kind of sickness. :-)

  15. Need this post today. Thank you.

  16. Thank you for this – I love how it matched up with Psalm 18.

  17. I cried when I READ the story. And the video. Well, thank you I’m a mess now!

  18. Today was one of those days. One of those days that started with great intentions and ended in disappointment, discouragement, and despairing that I will ever being the mom I want to be. My husband travels frequently and I am again at home with our little ones, feeling weary and heavy-laden and alone. I really needed to read this tonight after I (finally) got my boys to bed at the end of a hard day. Thank you for the encouragement.

    (And I will never, ever forget watching Derek Redmond finish that race. I was 13 at the time and on my school’s track team. The 400 was my race, too, and I was so very inspired as I watched him come across the finish line. The memory of his perseverance has been a source of inspiration to me several times throughout my life.)

  19. I’m absolutely broken by this. I am here through A Holy Experience. Have been struggling with whether or not to continue homeschooling, and feeling like a failure for not doing it well enough. Feeling like a failure for considering quitting. This post is reminding me that whatever decision my husband & I make regarding homeschooling, my Father will continue to walk beside me, even in my brokenness, and He’s not disappointed in me.

  20. You wrote: “”He DOES NOT stand at the finish line awaiting your triumphant victory. He runs alongside you, cheering you as you go. And when you struggle, when you fall, He wraps His all powerful, healing hands around you and and holds you as you press on. Together. He will let nothing get in His way.”

    Thank you. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. <3

  21. Thank you, thank you! My husband and I will soon be moving to the jungle of Papua New Guinea and I was having one of those days where I was feeling like I just couldn’t do it. I needed the reminder that God hears me from his temple, no matter from where.

  22. I have recently started running, I can now run about 7k; I have also been just where this post started – full of good intentions about my spiritual life this year, and am now discouraged because I haven’t kept them up. Until I read your post! It is amazing. Thank you so much for these words. The father said he would finish the race with his son – and that is what God does. He who began a good work in us, will bring it to completion in the day of Christ. He doesn’t ask us to do it on our own does he, so why do we always think he does and beat ourselves up when we don’t get it. I have terrible problems talking to God, but thinking of him running alongside me helping me get to the finish line will really buoy me up over the coming days. Thank you so much. God bless

  23. I’m thankful to receive this message in my e-mailbox yesterday. My soul is so tired and I’m struggling quiet a while.. Please pray for me ! May God bless you, with love, Ruth.

  24. Thank you!

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