Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Heartbreak Hill"

To be honest I have been in the dumps lately and I am trying hard to come out of it. Chalk it up to being a woman and some weeks are harder than normal or that life has thrown a couple of curve balls at me. I just can’t snap out of it. As I was driving yesterday the sun was shining, the sky was blue and I remembered the following talk given by Elaine S. Dalton in April 2008 General Conference:

“ Several years ago, I had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. I had trained hard and felt I was prepared, but at mile 20 there are hills. The locals call the steepest and longest hill Heartbreak Hill. When I reached that point, I was physically spent. The hill was long, and because I was a novice, I allowed myself to do something no seasoned runner ever does—I started to think negatively. This slowed my pace, so I tried to think positively and visualize the finish line. But as I did this, I suddenly realized that I was in a big city, there were thousands of people lining the route, and I had not made any arrangements to locate my husband at the end of the marathon. I felt lost and alone, and I started to cry. I was wearing a big red T-shirt with the word Utah printed on the front in big block letters. As the spectators saw that I was crying, they would yell, “Keep going, Utah.” “Don’t cry, Utah.” “You’re almost finished, Utah.” But I knew I wasn’t, and I was lost. I also knew that even if I stopped running and dropped out of the race, I would still be lost.

Do any of you ever feel like you’re running up Heartbreak Hill and that even though there are people lining the route, you are alone? That’s how I felt. So I did what every one of you would do—I began to pray right there on that marathon route. I told Heavenly Father that I was alone and that I was on a hill. I told Him that I was discouraged and afraid and that I felt lost. I asked for help and strength to be steadfast and to finish the race. As I continued to run, these words came into my mind:

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
(“How Firm a Foundation,” Hymns, no. 85)

That sweet answer to my prayer gave me the strength to continue on until I crossed the finish line."

I heard this talk on a BYU station a few years back and it was truly a blessing to me. It helped me remember that I am not alone and that God will give me aid, just like he always has. I am so thankful for leaders who inspire me to keep going and rely on the Lord when I hit a hill in my life.



Anonymous said...

Thank you, Stalee. I needed that message. I love that story and I hadn't thought about it for a long time. I need to have more faith and the commitment to finish this race. I know we are all on the hill. I just hope we are almost over the steep part. I have a feeling there is still some hill left for all of us. Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Stalee, whenever I feel like I can't make it up that hill you are the one that gives me the hope, courage and determination to move forward and put my faith in the Lord. We all need to do that more in our lives and no matter how hard the hill gets we can get work hard to get to the top together. Thank you for your story and know that you are loved and never alone. Love, Tamra

Rindi said...

Wow! I never heard that talk. That was awesome. Thank you for posting that. Hang in there. I love you!

Nicole said...


You are amazing. I love reading your posts each week. I too love this talk, thank you for posting it and reminding me to never give up and keep going when things get hard. We miss you and your family.


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