“Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NRSV)
Leaves drop late here in Texas and raking under the red oak on my front lawn is a regular Saturday activity for me lately. Recently my neighbor called to me from across the street as I worked, “Lorna, did you run that half marathon downtown today?”
Rake. Rake. Rake. “Yes.”
“And you are out here raking leaves?”
Rake. Rake. Rake. “Seems like as good a time as any.”
“Aren’t you tired?”
Rake. Rake. Rake. “Kind of, but it needs to be done.”
Shaking his head as he walks away, “I wish I could find that motivation.”
Running 13.1 miles and raking a bag of leaves isn’t hard. Coping with autism induced emotional meltdowns in public, now that is hard. Teaching handwriting to a child with dysgraphia, now that is hard. Getting wheelchairs in and out of stores, now that is hard. Facing a long summer without a single playdate or birthday invitation, now that is hard. Enduring the unwelcome stares of strangers, now that is hard.
As parents, of course we get tired. Yet we find the motivation because it needs to be done. In comparison, a bag of leaves and 13.1 miles is a piece of cake!
Enduring God, Give us strength when we are tired, motivation when we want to stop, and hope in you in all things. Amen
Photo: By David Goehring (Flickr: Fall Labors) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons