The Last Leg of Your Race

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 posted by Diana Pulliam

Running the Last Leg

In the beginning of February, the Lord began reminding me of an open vision He’d given me back in 2013, originally posted as ‘Finish Your Race.’ I kept getting the impression there was more He wanted me to understand about the vision. The last week of February, He brought it before my eyes again, but this time giving an additional message. Then, just this morning, I was given a third message. I’ll give the back drop to what was happening prior to the original vision, then the subsequent messages.

The vision in 2013 was given at a time of confusion and discouragement in my life.  In 2011, the Lord had specifically told me to write. I asked Him, “What do you want me to write, and what am I to do with what’s written?”

I felt the Lord prompting me to set up a blog site just for the purpose of writing whatever He placed on my heart. But just after starting the blog, I was hit by what felt like a freight train as many storms began to come against me, as well as everyone around me. Suffice it to say, I stopped writing.

Mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted, I was in a state where I couldn’t even think about writing. But at the same time, I felt guilty for not doing what I knew the Lord had told me to do. Confused and discouraged, I asked God, “Did I take what You said and mis-interpret what I was supposed to do with it? I need You to show me if this is the right direction!”  My reasoning at the time was, if writing was what the Lord wanted me to do, shouldn’t He put me in a position where I could have the peace of mind to do it?  I decided I wasn’t going to do anything until I received clarification from the Lord. What happened next still blows my mind!

A couple months passed, when a co-worker asked me to run a 5K with her.  I’d never been a runner, but thought, “What do I have to lose?” so began training.  On race day, I made it through the course, but was so disappointed with myself for not meeting my personal goal, and I’d only missed it by just over a minute!  I kept asking myself, “Why didn’t I train harder? Why did I focus so much on the fatigue? If only I’d run those hills instead of walking them…”

One morning, about a month after the race, I was on the treadmill singing along to Chris Tomlin’s ‘Our God,’ praising God for all His wonders. All of a sudden, the full impact hit me, and I became overwhelmed by the goodness of the Lord.  It was at that moment, the wall in front of me lit up like a television screen:

I saw a race track, and I was running on it. Straight ahead, up in the distance, there was a bright light that grew larger and brighter as I ran towards it. Now, I was no longer just watching myself run on the track, but was on the track in real time. There were bleachers lining both sides of the track filled with an innumerable crowd cheering me on. But then all of a sudden, there were things like large rocks and huge boulders coming down from the sky out of nowhere, being hurled towards me and onto the track directly in front of me. Just as I began to slow down to avoid being hit, I heard a voice say, “Look straight ahead, and keep your eyes fixed on Me. Don’t look to the right hand or to the left.” As I looked straight ahead into the light, it grew brighter. I was running full speed now, this time with all my might. In my peripheral vision, I could see most of the objects were disappearing before they even hit the track. Those that did fall in front of me, I scooped up in my arms and lifted them up to God – without even breaking my stride. They disappeared as He took them from me. Nothing could stop me now as I focused straight ahead and ran towards the light!  The light grew bigger and brighter.  End of Vision.

Initial Interpretation:

The interpretation was very obvious to me in 2013.  First of all, I was floored at how the Lord orchestrated it all. First, He arranged for me to run in a physical race to impress upon me the importance of intensive training, staying focused on the goal, and ignoring distractions.

The Lord then connected the dots by giving me the vision.  He equated the physical race I ran with the spiritual race set before all of us.  

When the Lord gives an assignment, and you accept and begin to run with it, you officially enter the race. What happens next is without exception.  The enemy will come against you with all he has in an attempt to stop you dead in your tracks.  The attack will be tailor-made just for you, whatever it takes to stop the plan of God. 

I’d taken my eyes off the Lord and focused on the swirling storm in my life. If I hadn’t followed the Lord’s instructions given in the vision, turning my focus back towards Him – refusing to even look at the storm, I’d have allowed the enemy to totally derail God’s plan for my life.

The vision was indeed a Word in due season, given at a critical period in my life.  But the Lord’s recently revealed the vision was two-fold, and also depicts the time we’re in right now!  

Second Vision

The last week in February, He gave me another glimpse of the vision. I’d been praying about the day ahead, and was sitting quietly in His presence, when suddenly:

There I was, running on the race track just as before. As I approached the Light, I felt stronger and began running faster.  Just then, I heard the Lord say, “You’re running the last leg of the race. The vision is for today!”  End of Vision

Upon hearing that, I became shaken in my spirit, knowing the Lord had just confirmed to me the race is almost over, and we’re at the end of the end.  

Before I proceed, I want to ask everyone to please pray for interpretation over what you read, as I’m still trembling by what I just experienced.

 Third Vision

This morning, March 22nd, I was sitting at my kitchen bar eating breakfast, listening to a special pre-recorded program that Johnny, from Tribulation Now Blog Radio, did last night. This is on his website titled, ‘A Great Event is Coming’  He was talking about “what MAY be a prophetic warning of a cosmic event that is coming upon the Earth that could lead to the “sorrow period” Jesus warned about.”  It was towards the end of the segment, maybe the last 20 minutes, as he began to speak about meteors and other space debris falling to the earth causing worldwide destruction, that the Lord brought a particular segment of the vision before my eyes:

I’m running on the race track towards the Light straight ahead, and the large rocks and huge boulders suddenly begin falling from the sky, just as in the original vision. As I see them begin to fall towards me and all around me, I hear the Lord say, “The vision is for today!” End of vision.

Interpretation:

In 2013, I believed the falling rocks and boulders only represented various obstacles that hinder us during our race. It never occurred to me that it could be a real physical occurrence. I wonder, is it the incident which caused the vast destruction I saw in 2015? At this time I can’t say, because the Lord hasn’t shown me if this specific event is what begins the mass destruction and ashes covering the earth.  But the Lord has shown me the vision is multi-faceted, with both a physical and spiritual dimension. It was meant for me in 2013, to show I needed to obey Him regardless of what was coming against me, not be distracted, and only look to Him. It was also meant for the Body of Christ today.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is it. We’ve entered the last leg of the race! 

To make it successfully to the finish line, we must keep our eyes focused straight ahead on the Lord. DO NOT FOCUS ON THIS COMING STORM!

The Lord has shown me it’s going to be huge! It’s going to come all of a sudden. And it’s going to come in all shapes and sizes, one right after the other, hurling towards us. 

But no matter what it looks like, no matter in what order it comes: strife; war; famine; disease; earthquakes; meteors falling from the sky; you name it; this is what the Lord says, “Look straight ahead, and keep your eyes fixed on Me. Don’t look to the right hand or to the left.”

If we’re obedient to His instructions, we have absolutely no reason to fear. The Lord is our refuge, our fortress, our God, in whom we can trust! 

God bless. See you at the finish line!

Scriptures:

Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore seeing we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

Matt. 14:30, “But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.”

Proverbs 4:25, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

Acts 2:19, “And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.”


2 Responses to “The Last Leg of Your Race”

  1. Debra Says:

    Ignoring distractions is key. Keeping your eyes on the Lord is paramount to finishing the race. The interpretation to your vision couldn’t be clearer to me. It’s a word to the body of Christ to focus on Him and not the storms around us.

    He has shown me over the past few weeks that His people are fixated on the darkness, not the light. They want to see the American Horror Story, not His glory. It’s human nature to be drawn toward the morbid, the malevolent, the alarming. Have you noticed this too?

    Even His disciples back in the day demanded signs, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and the end of the world?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they asked because don’t we all want to know as well? But it’s one thing to long for his appearing and quite another to thrive on sensationalism and to seek after signs and wonders over a love affair with Him – which is what He’s after.

    Have a Blessed Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday! He is risen!!!

  2. dpulliam Says:

    Debra, what you’re saying is so true! I’ve noticed this is something I have to guard against all the time. Although we’re told to watch and be aware of what’s going on, we absolutely cannot allow ourselves to get fixated on what the enemy is doing. I’ve noticed if I give it too much focus, fear tries to creep into my heart – and that is giving the enemy glory! Thank you so much for pointing this out. It’s all a matter of keeping our eyes straight ahead on Him!
    God bless you!

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