Watch Out for Deer

We live about 20 miles outside of a major city and we love the beautiful drive we have along forested highway to get to and from church, work, etc. Each time I prepare to make the drive, my dh (dear husband) says, “Watch out for deer and trucks!”

So, when I saw the Associated Press article titled, Wisconsin Runner Collides with Deer During Race, I had to know more. It seems that a high school sophmore was running a cross country race when a deer ran into her path. Thankfully, no injuries more serious than a bruised leg were sustained, and they each continued on their way.

I was reminded of a verse written by the Apostle Paul in Galatians:

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7 (NIV)

I am thankful that my dh reminds me to be careful as I drive, and I wonder if coaches will tell their cross country runners to be aware of deer as they race. 🙂 It’s a good idea to remain aware of potential distractions.

Do you struggle with distractions in your faith walk? I know I do. Sometimes the distractions are off to the side and I veer off course, but occasionally something or someone cuts in on me and tries to take me out of the race! I am so thankful the Book of Hebrews offers a solution:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

The answer to each and every struggle that comes along and tries to defeat me is eyes of faith fixed on Jesus. He has gone before me and understands each of life’s difficulties. I am also blessed to have others running beside to give me courage when I am weak and overwhelmed. 

So remember, “Watch our for deer!”

Remain alert for potential distractions, but most importantly keep your eyes fixed on Jesus to run with perseverance and “not grow weary or lose heart.”

3 Responses to Watch Out for Deer
  1. Dana
    January 30, 2011 | 8:33 am

    Thanks for confirming what I have been struggling with lately. God has been leading me in a new direction on this faith path, but lately other things that are still part of my faith have been trying to distract me and take me off course. After discussing my dilemma with my dh, I was reminded that this new direction and longing keeps coming up and is something that God truly wants me to do. Then today I come her to do part of my devotion time and you are saying the same thing. Seems like this is confirmation enough and it really helps me to deal with the other things. Thanks so much for allowing God to use you in my life. May he richly bless you in all that you do.

    • Deb
      February 2, 2011 | 6:26 pm

      Dana, I am blessed just to know that God used this in your life. May He bless you as you continue on the path of His leading! Blessings in Jesus!

  2. Mel
    January 30, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    What a great reminder, Deb!