Just a few days ago, we watched enthralled as runners from all over the world competed in the 26.2 mile 2016 Boston Marathon.
In case you didn't catch any of the marathon trivia, here are a few morsels to chew on:
- 26,639 runners completed
- The male and female winners were both Ethiopians.
- The final person to cross the finish line was a 72-year-old woman.
- The youngest to cross the finish line was a 2-year-old boy, carried by his father.
(The boy needs a heart transplant.)
- There were numerous marriage proposals happening behind the scenes.
- Several survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing finished the race.
- One man, a victim of a boating accident that took his left leg and right arm,
completed the race for the first time, saying the bombing victims had inspired him.
What compels these athletes to run these miles, to complete this grueling expenditure? I've been an athlete throughout my life too, so to a small extent I do understand the drive and sacrifice.
Oh they're running fast and hard, striving so diligently to acquire all the things, or achieve all the financial levels, or attain to the ranks of success they think will satisfy them. They think they will be happier and more fulfilled when they get more stuff, make more money, or find a new relationship. They live every moment to fill themselves with what they think will satisfy.
It's just like a marathon without a finish line. Exhausting, empty, unfulfilling, and endless.
Thankfully, though, we can overcome this lifestyle of seeking but never finding. It is simple, yet only some will stop their striving long enough to see the answer. Jesus is the treasure we are seeking. He is our source of peace, comfort, hope, security, and salvation. Only he can provide the flow of "living water" that will never run dry.
For ultimately, nothing in this world will ever satisfy the thirsty soul other than a relationship with the living God.
He is waiting at the finish line, friends. Run fast. To Him, only.