Lesson 12 – Set your face like flint

Interesting phrase I heard in my head this week. “Set your face like flint.” I looked up its origin, and found it in the Bible. “For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.” Is. 50:7 I know the interpretation probably isn’t regarding fitness (no jazzercise in the Bible ) however, the application is relevant to my current journey . I have been ashamed so many times before in this effort to get in shape. I do not want failure again, and this verse tells me how to avoid it. Set your face like flint.
In other words, use strong determination. Flint is also interpreted stone in some translations. Either way, it means do not take your eyes off where you are headed. Count the cost and plow ahead…no matter what. Do not let others distract you. Do not let yourself distract you. Only look ahead to the end. It is a future mindset in a present reality.
Summer can be a distraction for me. My regular structured schedule is interrupted, and that can be a problem with both food and exercise. I am determined…my face is set like flint…not to let that happen this time. I am set in stone to continue this journey, no matter what. I will walk in October, no matter what. I have to keep my eyes ahead to that journey and to the future. I do not give up. One foot in front of the other…one purposeful step after another. Walking out my path, day to day. I cannot avoid stress, I must walk through it. I cannot quit, I must walk it out to build endurance. I cannot give in to distraction, I must walk with focus. I must walk.
Beyond fitness, this phrase seems to be merging many areas of my life at once. It is there again in Luke when Christ set his face like flint to Jerusalem, just before his crucifixion. “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 Man that is powerful. He knew the outcome waiting there, yet he went. He determined to finish his sacrifice. No matter the pain, no matter the suffering. He had eyes to complete the journey, because of his love for you and me. It brings tears to my eyes to think of it.
Merging the spiritual, and emotional healing that I am seeking through this walk, and seeing the path that Louise is on as she battles brain cancer will all require setting my face as flint. It will all take the strength and determination of Christ to be able to walk these seemingly divergent paths, to their conclusion. I am alone in my journey, though others surround me. It is a solitary place, which requires an army of support. Like cancer. Like fitness. Like life. I battle, you cheer. I walk, you encourage. I live, you embrace. When needed, the roles reverse. We are a team…interconnected by our determination to finish the race to which we are each called.
Over the next few months, I will shamelessly ask you for money to complete my journey. It is a part of my commitment to attempt to save the lives of others as I seek to restore my own life. It goes hand in hand, and step by step. Thank you for embracing my efforts to set my face like flint.

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