Running with Impaired Vision

I shared this story during Empowerment Tuesday last week and thought it would be good to share it here as well. We've been discussing and learning about clarity and increased visibility, and there is a memory from my high school track days that ties perfectly to it. My favorite races were the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays. My coach wanted me to run the 4 x 400 relay and I declined. After resistance from me, he said if I didn't run it I could not run my other races. (A reminder of who was in charge.) Fast forward to my senior year, district meet, and my first migraine headache. Since it was districts, we could not substitute runners, so I had to run my long 400 meter leg of the relay. It was my last race of the day and it had started to get dark. With a pounding head and blurry vision, I sat at the line awaiting my hand off. When I started my lap, the only thing I could see was the yellow shorts of the girl ahead of me so that became my focus. I followed that yellow "halo" around the track and as I crossed the finish line, I fell into my father's waiting arms. He made sure to be there for me and carried me to the sidelines.

Things to pull from this story:

1. When God gives instructions, do it the first time. Don't argue. He knows what He's doing.

2. Even when it hurts or our visibility is low, God will guide us. We just have to trust Him.

3. Our Father in heaven is there to catch us when we fall.

When we feel like we can't do something, God is there. (Philippians 4:13) When we can't see our way, He will act our guide. All we have to do is trust and believe.


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