Wait upon the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! –

Psalm 27:14

Waiting is a hard thing to do.  Sometimes you just can’t wait patiently enough for something good to happen – like your wedding.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,  for my hope if from him.

Psalm 62:5

At other times, time can’t seem to go slow enough because you really don’t want an event to come.  It may be a difficult task or an event that is difficult.  But hope for those situations comes from the Lord.

Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength ;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint –

Isaiah 40:30-31

It is hard to wait for things that can bring you such joy – like racing when you feel the strength of God in many ways as you run faster than you think you ever could. And then you wait to see if it was good enough to get you a coveted place on the team for a meet.

Caleb had to wait patiently to find out if he made the “cut” for the Stoughton Invitational Cross Country meet to be held on 02 October.  His time for the 5K was good at the first meet – 19:04, but it was the meet on 25 September that was the make or break deal.  The 5K course was challenging and the weather was also a factor.

Caleb was nervous.  He wanted to do well.  He wanted to be in the top 20 to go to Stoughton.

He ran his race well.  His time was decent – 19:34 – but was it good enough.

All he could do was wait.  Thankfully he had a 6 hour drive and a family wedding to help fill that time.  There was much discussion about a lot of things  But finally around 9 PM he had had enough waiting and as soon as  we had gotten back to our hotel room, he was insisting    that I check my email.  He needed to know – the  waiting was becoming more than he could take.

The computer was turned on!

Email program clicked open!

Incoming emails retrieved!

And yes there was one from the coach listing the  “Roster”.

Email opened and with much anticipation Caleb read the whole email from start to finish (unlike his mother who went right to the “list”)!

And with a sigh of relief, he read the names of those going – He was listed first since the list was in alphabetical order!

Training and waiting was rewarded – he will now run with an elite group of guys for the Eagan High School team

But more importantly he will run to bring honor to the one who gave him the ability to run fast and to run well.