On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, attempted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast. It was her greatest challenge, not only because of the distance, but because of a dense fog and very cold water. After swimming to within a half of a mile of the California coast, she gave up. When asked why she quit, she responded, “I swam for 15 hours, and yet because of the fog I couldn’t see the shore.”
A lot of Christians often want to give up on the race of life, because the fog of this world sometimes keeps us from seeing the finishing line. But as the author of Hebrews will tell us today, the end reward of our faith is always in sight. If we will just look closely with our spiritual eyes we can see Zion, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the dwelling place of Almighty God, and it’s a clear vision of Him that keeps us running to the end.