This pericope in Hebrews is titled “Jesus Doesn’t Change” (in the Message version).
Hebrews 13:5-6 says,
“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote,
God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?”
I enter races fearless. I get nervous or excited or antsy, but not fearful. I don’t always believe in myself, but I believe in Jesus’ power. I believe in Jesus’ strength. I believe He made me a runner. He made me to run at the level that I am. He made me to use running to bring glory to His name.
So, when I step on the line, I have a confidence that is shared in Christ. Jesus is constant.
He doesn’t leave me during daily life, and I know He won’t leave me in a race. In fact, I sometime smile knowing that I have this strength from our Creator. I love sharing that it’s why I run. I run because our Creator made me to run. So, I am fully capable with His strength to do things beyond what I might believe I can do.
Many of my PRs have been races without anyone else, except Christ. This Sunday, I raced the Urban Cow Half Marathon. No elite women. Small field. Quiet course. And, spending time running hard while relying on Christ. I had one guy that helped a bit; other than that, I was in no man’s land.
But God’s strength always wins. I qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. And, when I crossed the line, I cried tears of joy.
Jesus’ strength is constant.
My time home was wonderful, rejuvenating, blissful, and so sweet. I got to celebrate my dad’s birthday with him. Spent time chatting with my brother. And, visited all my favorite spots with my mom: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Costco (of course).