“My dear Heavenly Father… please send Thy comfort and peace…bless me with restful sleep and dreams of Ryan and Evee…help me to do Thy will and love others like Ryan and Evee would and do…in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
I’m at the starting line of a big race…my family is with me…Ryan is there specifically…my friends and neighbors are there too. The race begins and we start running…at first together…but then slowly we separate and I find myself running alone. Those I’m familiar with and love…have run ahead…yet I’m still surrounded by other unfamiliar faces…and I continue running alongside them.
My steps seem heavy and slow. But, I continue forward…pressing forward…with all my effort and strength. Some keep up alongside me, while others fall behind. I’m unsure where the finish line is and I’m not sure where to go put I keep running…
Finally the finish line is in sight and before I know it I’m at home with Ryan…who has been there waiting for me.
“How did you finish so fast?” I question.
Ryan’s concern isn’t with how quickly he finished the race… but that I finished.
He holds me tight in his arms and lets me fall asleep with my head pressed up against his chest. As I drift peacefully, the difficult and long race soon becomes a distant memory.
I woke up this morning pondering on my dream. I had gratitude in my heart for answered prayers…and even though waking up without Ryan beside me is difficult…I will always be eternally grateful for the sweet dreams I’m blessed with occasionally.
Aren’t we all running a big race? The race of life. We may not always know where the finish line is and we may not all get to the finish line at the same time…but when we do… our loved ones who have gone on before will be there waiting.
We cross the finish line after running a life well lived. Returning to live with a loving Heavenly Father in glory and joy…and with those we love and hold dear…becomes our eternal reward.
The race of life can be extremely difficult and at times we may find that our steps are heavy and slow…
Other times our pace is quick and we can visualize the finish…
I hope we can all keep running…regardless of how fast…like Ryan who wasn’t concerned with my pace…I pray that we can keep enduring…keeping loving…keep serving…and that one day we can all cross that finish line…and gain our eternal reward.