NASCAR racing is fast and getting faster. These cars can cover one full mile of oval track with four turns in 24 seconds! Being up close and up front is exhilarating when feeling the rush of air currents created, smelling the burning fuel and having to wear ear plugs from the “straight through” exhaust noise. Eight hundred plus horsepower in the engines times 43 cars sends out a vibration of sheer excitement. These hyper motor cars are moving faster by you than the human eye can concentrate on any one colorful, decal-filled machine. The driver concentration must be beyond something that most of us can’t even identify with. And to continually cover this one mile oval for 400 plus laps, maintaining the speeds needed, holding onto a car that won’t turn, but slides at times, being inches or less from the cars around you…well, that’s just a superhuman feat. Who says these drivers are not athletes? You better be in the best of physical and mental shape to handle the resistance in the steering wheel, oppressive heat (most times well over 100 degrees) in the cockpit, the possibility of a crash at any moment, all the while, communicating on the radio with your crew chief and listening to your “spotter” (the person informing you where everyone else is on the track).
Life seems to be moving faster and faster these days. Sometimes it’s a rush of excitement and sometimes it’s about protecting yourself from crashing and burning. It seems to take more concentration today to keep our eyes on the mark and to not become distracted by how quickly our world is changing. At times there is oppressive heat, noise and resistance as we walk out our faith. We have so many negative voices yelling at us while we are really trying to hear our Spotter (the Holy Spirit) telling us which way to turn and what areas to avoid. It takes single-mindedness to stay on the track and in the race. We need to work on our spiritual conditioning on a daily basis and not fall behind. No matter how hot it gets or pressure-filled, keeping our eyes on the prize, we will run the race to win and receive that final reward.