I was driving from Plainview's Snack Pak 4Kids location to the Radiant Lily in downtown Plainview. I passed the football stadium. What I saw was nothing out of the ordinary and by the time what I saw registered, I was at 24th and Quincy.
The nudge within said, "No, no, you have time. Drive back and take a picture. I want you to talk about hurdles."
To be honest, I wanted to keep driving.
When the hurdles registered in my brain, I thought, I just don't have it in me to jump hurdles.
What was my lesson? Why did I need to stop and take this picture?
I don't know very much about jumping hurdles as an athlete. Our daughter was a hurdle jumper for a brief moment in time, but I never thought that much about it. What I do know is that the hurdler must count their steps, drag the tail leg sideways over the hurdle, and finish the race.
In life there are four types of hurdles:
1. Those put there by God: Jeremiah 29:11, I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.
2. Ones inflicted by our choices: Judges 16:17,22,28 says ‘Finally, Samson told her his secret…so the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes…. Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again.”
3. Those inflicted by others: Matthew 18:21-22, Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven.”
4. Some hurdles are inflicted by Satan (he is a bad coach): 1 Peter 5:8 Be watchful and control yourselves. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to swallow up.
We will face hurdles in life. With God's plan #1, we know we are always loved. The other three types of hurdles will work for our good when our eyes are focused on His Word and work. Regardless we can find joy. Romans 5:3, And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope.
Hebrews 12:1 A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. And let us keep on running the race marked out for us.
Fresh Find: Oh my. How fun. Love this chair!!! Not quite as much as the artist created bed that I found, but this is sweet!