Weight on Our Run

Everything was perfect. The sun was shining, it was warm but not too warm and the trip was underway. One Saturday afternoon some friends of my husband and I decided to take on what I thought would be a leisurely hike in the woods of California. After a car ride up a winding road to the launch point of the hike my tendency toward motion sickness left me unprepared for what lied ahead. Not too far into the hike it became clear I was in trouble. My body revolted against my request that it scale a fairly intense incline only minutes after regaining stability from a nauseating car ride. It came to a point I knew I had to stop. My legs felt like led, my lungs were burning and my head was still spinning from the ride up. The many factors which led up to this point caused an untimely hindrance to what would have otherwise been a productive and beautiful Saturday afternoon walk.

A well-known Scripture explains that we are all prone to “hindrances” in this walk of life relating them as “weight” which slows down our ability to run.

“Therefore , since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Heb.12:1 ESV

“Therefore , since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Heb.12:1 ESV

This scripture highlights the reality that there are many things coming at us throughout life which try to “cling so closely” and hold us back from running the way we were meant to run. Although no specifics are given, these hindrances are categorized in this verse under two categories; weight and sin. As other translations bring out more, things falling under these categories have some negative results in our lives that is they;

“trip us up” (NLT), “hinder” and “entangle” (NIV).

“trip us up” (NLT), “hinder” and “entangle” (NIV).

In the middle of a season where God is highlighting many things in my life which have been unknown hindrances, this verse becomes very real.  The second of these two categories, “the sin,” receives a lot of attention from us normally since we are well aware that sin is a hindrance and that it is necessary to deal with whichever one’s the Holy Spirit reveals to us through repentance and the appropriation of Christ’s finished work on the cross (1 John 1:9).

Beyond that though there are many hurts, lies we believe and much interference from the enemy of our souls which try to hold us back from truly running with Father God.  For these hindrances we require the Healer. God, as our Father, is so faithful to reveal anything which hurts us at a pace in which we can handle it by His grace. One redemptive name of God captures this aspect of His heart. The second part of His name Jehovah Rapha (Ex.15:26) means; to mend, cure or cause to heal, repair thoroughly, make whole.  His name is translated, “the Lord who heals” (Ex.15:26) and restores (portrayed in Ps.23:3).

Beyond that though there are many hurts, lies we believe and interference's from the enemy of our souls which try to hold us back from truly running with Father God.  For these hindrances we require the Healer. God, as our Father, is so faithful to reveal anything which hurts us at a pace in which we can handle it by His grace. One redemptive name of God captures this aspect of His heart. The second part of His name Jehovah Rapha (Ex.15:26) means; to mend, cure or cause to heal, repair thoroughly, make whole.  His name is translated, “the Lord who heals” (Ex.15:26) and restores (portrayed in Ps.23:3).

The names of God in the bible reveal the ways in which He wants to be known by us. He truly wants to be known by us (Hos.6:6) for who He really is! Knowing He is the Lord who heals and restores is an invitation for us to bring to Him all the parts of ourselves which need healing and restoration.  Whatever healing is needed, He wants to take these things and help us lay them aside removing from us any weight on our run with Him. His progressive healing will lead us toward a wholeness that can only be found in Him truly enabling us to “run with endurance the race set before us.”

We were meant to run with Him, unhindered into all He has and is. Let us bring every hindrance to Him and let Him bring us into His glorious freedom as sons and daughters.