Encouragement From The Elders

What It's Like to "Hit the Wall"

It is common for athletes in any endurance sport, to "hit the wall" as they push themselves past their comfort level. Long distance runner Dick Beardsley described it: "It felt like an elephant had jumped out of a tree onto my shoulders and was making me carry it the rest of the way in."Hitting the wall is a very real physical condition. Once carbohydrates and hydration are diminished, the body wants to stop. The day before the Boston Marathon, an article in Harvard Health predicted that about 27,000 runners will begin the annual 26-mile, mass run from suburban Hopkinton to Boston. But up to 40 percent of these determined souls will slam into a sudden sensation of overwhelming, can't-do-this fatigue several miles, usually about five, before they get a chance to cross the finish line. What is true for the body is true for the soul. Spiritually, sometimes we hit the wall. The elephant has jumped on our back. We hit that can't-do-this spiritual fatigue. Remember Elijah? He the hit wall, too. After killing the prophets of Baal, Jezebel put out a contract on him so he fled to the desert and collapsed with exhaustion. The Lord strengthened him and he returned to his remarkable ministry. Life is an endurance race, in which we all will at some point "hit the wall" and want to quit.  Paul writes in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  It is in those moments God reaches in and helps us cross the finish line.