Run the Race

A photo in the sports section of a newspaper depicted a high school freshman as she prepares for a track meet. With shoulder length brown hair, she looks like most runners her own age: thin, focused, intent on the race ahead.

Undistracted, her face turned downward, she holds one hand at her right ear. In the other, she carries a tiny radio attached to a pack on her waist.

Nearby her father, Matt McCarthy, speaks into a small transmitter. Natalie McCarthy, the ordinary looking girl in the picture, sprints both the one hundred and two hundred meter dashes for her Steilacoom High School track team. 

Here's the extraordinary thing: Natalie is almost totally blind!

So, how does she do it? How does she line up with a group of healthy, sighted teens and dash for a finish line she cannot see? 

By radio. Natalie runs with a single earpiece in her right ear.

With her father's voice coming through the tiny transmitter, she hears the course corrections he gives her from the sidelines. With nothing more than trust, and her father's verbal directions, Natalie runs at full speed toward a goal she cannot see, with competitors she can only hear, over obstacles she can only imagine.

The Holy Spirit, in a sense, is like the earpiece in Natalie’s ear. God’s Spirit directs us, leads us, and guides us through every obstacle, difficulty, and hardship. When we cannot see what’s ahead, or when we do not know where to turn, God comforts us through His Spirit to do His will with a joyful heart.

Jesus said in John 16 that the Spirit guides us in all truth. Whatever He says, it comes from the Father, and He declares the things of Jesus to us. Trust Him today!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

John 16:4b-15

Prayer Guide


Today as you pray …

Pray about the things that concern you. Then ask the Spirit to guide you through the word of God.

Ask for greater faith. Believing that the Spirit of God is active is more about faith than feeling!

Ask God to reveal areas in your life where you don’t trust Him enough.

End your prayer like this: “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Our God is triune, and He accomplishes His purposes within His own Trinitarian essence.