“In 1952, Florence Chadwick stepped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Island, California, determined to swim to the mainland. An experienced swimmer, she had already been the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways.
The weather that day was foggy and chilly; Florence could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam steadily for fifteen hours. When she begged to be taken out of the water along the way, her mother, in a boat alongside, told her that she was close and that she could make it.
Finally, physically and emotionally exhausted, Florence stopped swimming and was pulled out. It wasn’t until she was aboard the boat that she discovered the shore was less than half a mile away. At a news conference the next day, she said, ‘All I could see was the fog…I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.’
As you face discouragement, difficulty, or fatigue, or as you are surrounded by the fog of uncertain circumstances, are you thinking, if only I could see the shore, I could make it?
Set your sights on Jesus Christ, the Rock of salvation. He is the one who has promised to prepare a place for those who put their home in Him, a place where they will live with Him forever. If we can learn to fix our eyes on Jesus, to see through the fog and picture our eternal home in our mind’s eye, it will comfort and energize us, giving us a clear look at the finish line.
When the apostle Paul faced hardship, beatings, and imprisonment, he said, ‘One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
What gave Paul the strength and perspective to ‘press on toward the goal’? A clear view of Heaven. He wanted to ‘win the prize’ that awaited him in Heaven, and he knew that God had ‘called [him] heavenward in Christ Jesus.’
…No matter how tough life becomes, if you can see the shore and draw your strength from Christ, you’ll make it.”
-An excerpt from “50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light,” by Randy Alcorn.