Running in the Mud

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to watch the Kentucky Derby live on television for the very first time. As I watched hours of coverage, seeing the background of the horses and jockeys, as well as the multitudes of people who were gambling thousands of dollars on the horse who they believed would win, I was greatly amazed because the actual race itself was so short. All of this hype was built up for something that would only last just a couple of minutes. Nevertheless, it is always a huge deal, being one of the biggest events in the state of Kentucky each year.

One aspect of the race that made it so interesting this year was because of the rain. The rain undoubtedly slowed some of the horses down more than usual because of the mud. When jockeys race in the mud they wear up to nine pairs of goggles, pulling them down as they go around the track so they can see well enough to steer. Some of the horses actually close their eyes! The horses have a “third eyelid” which is transparent and protects their eyes (link). Therefore, for the jockey and the horse, they become well equipped and prepared to run and ride, regardless of the changes in the weather.

There is a lesson to be learned here. Spiritually, we are all running a race, and sometimes the enemy will throw different things at us to try to get us off track. He will try to put mud in our vision in hopes to slow us down or force us to quit, but we must keep the faith and look to the finish line. We must stay focused, concentrated on where God wills to take us. We must guard our vision so that regardless of what kind of inclement weather we face in life, we will endure and finish strong for Jesus Christ! Run with patience and hold onto your faith because at the end, it will be worth it!