Through The Fog
Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6:3, ESV)
One of the hardest things to do in golf is to press on (to pursue, to chase) after a rough start. Rory McIlroy knows the struggle after an eight on the first and an opening 79 at the 2019 British Open Championship. But he didn’t give up; he pressed on through the adversity with a comeback 65 on Friday, missing the cut by just one.
The competitive nature inside Rory still breathes inside me. Since I don’t play tour golf anymore, I have found a competitive outlet in running 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons. My most recent quest was a sprint triathlon. Fitting in the swim, bike, and run training sessions took time and effort, but I enjoyed the training as much as the race because I had something to pursue and chase.
When we walked into the transition area to set up, anticipation surged through my body. The swim portion was my wild card and within moments after the horn blew, my body tightened with panic. My goggles fogged up and I couldn’t see. Finding any rhythm in my stroke felt impossible. By the time I climbed out of the water, disappointment poked at me; I knew I was well behind my expectations.
As I ran toward the transition area for my bike, I had two choices—give up or press on and hold nothing back on the bike or the run. By the time the race ended, I made up all the time I had lost in the swim and finished first in my age group.
A sprint triathlon is a short amount of time to push my body to its limit. The training I did leading up to the event, and my perseverance, helped me press on after my rough start.
Hard starts and stops happen in our relationship with Jesus too. Our own failures or sin patterns often suffocate our motivation to press on to know Jesus. Evil whispers that anything different is impossible. Maybe harm or betrayal has come for you at the hands of another, and the only response that feels doable is to run away from Jesus because nothing else makes sense anymore.
How do we then “press on to know the Lord” when we can’t see through fog-drenched eyes?
To know comes from the Hebrew word yada, and in its essence means to know relationally and experientially. To know the Lord requires ongoing training. It takes time, practice, discernment, attention, and endurance through the good and bad. To know the Lord also requires us to make ourselves known to him: surrendering our heartache, confessing our failures and doubts, voicing our praise and joy, expressing our anger, and asking our questions.
Pressing on to know the Lord is not about how we start or finishing first, it is the process of keeping our eyes fixed on the one who is as “sure as the dawn.” The one who longs to experience ongoing relationship with us. The one who loves us deeply.
August 8, 2019
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