Running our Marathon of Pain with Confidence

marathonWe each run our own marathon with our chronic illness and Bronlynn reminds us how we need not focus on those beside us, but our own unique race.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:35,36).

In May the Marine Corps hosts a half marathon in our community. My mother’s apartment complex is on the race route, so this year we went out to watch.

As I saw the waves of people come in to view, I thought about the appearance of the runners. Many looked extremely fit and confident, but many did not. I wondered if some of them were going to finish. Yet they made it the 13.5 miles–some walking and some running. I’m sure they had all been persevering through months of training. I’m sure they all wanted to maintain confidence throughout the race that they would receive the reward of reaching the finish line.

As I looked at the shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities of the participants, I thought of those including myself who are running the marathons of pain-filled lives. Some of us are able to walk or run on our own. Some of us race with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Some of us are being carried or pushed by others. Whatever our abilities or disabilities, we are all persevering in faith toward our final finish line, trusting that God’s strength will bring us through.

Tears came to my eyes as I thought about this unseen race and how valiantly we are trying to run it. Although it is not a race of our choosing, we are bringing glory to God and encouragement to each other as we run. Our confidence and perseverance will be rewarded with the promise of an eternity of pain-free living with the Lord. We’re in it together, we’re going to make it, and I look forward to seeing each of you at the race’s end.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, many days I feel I can’t keep running in this race of pain and suffering. I don’t know how I will ever make it to the end. I pray that I will not lose my confidence in Your power and grace in my life, that Your Spirit will enable me to keep persevering, and that I will stay focused on that what awaits me at the finish line. Amen.

About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at

How has God proved Himself worthy of your confidence in the past? How can you bring glory to God now as you run your marathons of pain, and how can you encourage others running beside you?

We can so easily forget that with God we will always be victorious! I love this song with Grammy nominated artist, Tye Tribbett, who sings “Victory” and wo, it makes you feel like you are at a gospel concert. Listen in, as these lyrics and the power of the voices remind you that you are already victorious because of having the King of the universe be your Abba. -Lisa