Running Together

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6

More than 37,000 runners competed in the London Marathon in the spring of 2012.

The winning runner finished in an impressive 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 44 seconds.

But I want to tell you about two runners whose race was I believe even more impressive, even though they took nearly 3 times as long to finish.

Their names are Simone Clarke and Tally Hall. Simone is 39 years old. She has epilepsy.

She asked Tally to run the marathon with her, and to help her if she had a seizure.

For the first 7 miles, everything went well. Then, at mile 8, ongoing pain in Simones stomach triggered a seizure. Tally caught Simone and lowered her safely to the ground. Simone was completely unconscious for 30 seconds before Tally could wake her.

Remarkably, Simone got back up and started running again. Over the next 18 miles, Simone had 19 more seizures each time collapsing and losing consciousness. Each time, Tally caught her, protected her, and helped her get started again.

Simone and Tally finished the marathon in 6 and a half hours.

They were two runners, but they were running one race. They were successful because they ran together.

For us, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are many runners, and every one of us has a different lane that God has placed us to run in, as we run this race.  But we are running one race, as followers of Christ, and God calls us to run that race together. Because it’s really true: God’s people are better together, and together, we can change the world.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!