Maybe your dreams, goals, or aspirations have been crushed. God sees you. He is running toward you; He is running with you.

Running for Your Life

By Ricardo Bacchus, CQ Editorial Assistant

Derek Redmond. Does that name ring a bell? Probably not to most of you. But his motivation to finish a race will forever be etched in the minds of those who saw him race that day. A “loser” stole the show.

In the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Derek was favored to win the 400 meter semi-final race. Critics predicted he would easily skate by this race and end up winning the gold medal in the finals, proudly representing Great Britain. All of his life Derek had trained and prepared for this moment. He believed that his strenuous workouts and countless hours in the gym were going to pay off. Now was his time to shine and show the world he was the fastest man alive!

The race began, Derek flawlessly sprinting around the first lap. With just 250 meters remaining, he presumed victory was just seconds away. But then, he was suddenly kneeling to the ground. As the runners sprinted by him, he was left alone, face in his hands, a torn hamstring causing him to reel in pain. It wasn’t the pain that caused him to cry; it was the shattered dream of everything he had put into this momentous event.  

The trainers rushed to him, attempting to pull him off the field. But Derek did the unthinkable. With anguish in his eyes, he got up and started hobbling his way toward the finish line. As he turned the final corner, he heard a man pushing his way onto the track. It was his father, running to him. “You don’t have to do this,” his father said. “Yes I do,” Derek responded. “Well then son, we’re going to finish this together!”

Limping and weeping, Derek wrapped his arms around his Dad, embracing him for strength, but more importantly, thanking him for his love and compassion. Derek wouldn’t have been able to finish on his own. By this time, the 65,000 in attendance gave them a standing ovation. It was the most beautiful scene between father and son; father had come to the rescue.*  

Maybe you are going through something that seams unbearable. Maybe your dreams, goals, or aspirations have been crushed. God sees you. He is running toward you; He is running with you. We can’t do “life” on our own. We can’t depend on our own strength. We need God to carry us.

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NIV). You may not win gold. You may think that there is no way to keep running. You may finish last. But as long as you let Him finish with you, He looks upon you as if you won first place.

Derek’s father was wearing a hat that day. It read, “Just Do It.” God is wearing a similar hat. It reads, “I Can Help You Do It.” Please let Him carry you to the finish line. He is limping across it with you.
*, (accessed October 31, 2011).