I have done a couple of marathons in my life. I haven’t actually run the entire 26.2 miles, but I have walked/jogged it. I remember the one I did in Apple Valley, Wisconsin.
It was about 17 miles out. There was no one there. I was all alone. All I could see is flat farmland. It wasn’t that much fun. There wasn’t people there, excited for you, like there was in the first 1o miles. I had fallen behind and so was running/walking alone.
I think that’s what this Christian walk is like. You start out all excited, full of enery and adrenaline. But then suddenly you’re walking alone, with no encouragement. Do you quit? No, you focus on the finish. And that’s what we’re told to do in our walk with Christ, as well. Fix your eyes on Jesus, on the finish, on the prize.