Second Wind

It is week three of Soaring Over Seven, a camp designed specifically for children with disabilities and their siblings, and I had begun to notice staff looking weary and a bit downtrodden. Attitudes were starting to take a dip, with some grumbling and stinking thinking creeping in, as staffers were not only physically exhausted but emotionally fatigued as well. While camp is fun and exciting, it is also demanding and oftentimes challenging.

The team had “hit the wall”, similar to what happens to a marathon runner when he or she becomes depleted of all energy once all the glycogen has been used up. For most runners, this happens around mile 18-23 out of a 26.2-mile race. At this point, the runner’s body begins looking for other energy reserves and turns to the fat cells to convert to energy. Converting fat to energy takes more oxygen; and for a period of time, the body is in oxygen deficit. Many of the camp staff were at this point. They had run out of quick energy, or human effort, and now needed to turn to another source in search of that second wind.

A second wind in running is the phenomenon where the runner, who was at one point completely exhausted, out of breath, feeling as though his or her legs were like cement, and mentally ready to throw in the towel, finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion and finish the race well.

Our God is the God who dishes out second winds to those who desire and pursue Him. He loves to come alongside us at our weakest times and those of brokenness. Through His Spirit, we are renewed and refreshed. Just like the runner who pushes through hitting the wall into their second wind, God gives us the strength to carry on and help us push through. We do all we can on a human level, and God does the rest. God is the God of second winds. Let him pick you up and carry you. Let Him be the energy source into which you tap.

Soaring Over Seven staff, you rock!

“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 12:2-3)

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