Before I started my Musings, I visited several web sites and blogs run by friends of mine. I have a friend who is a faithful Christian woman, an awesome photographer, and even enjoys running. It was on Dena’s Well House Photography site that I read “Our God is not a god of coincidences.” How true that is. There is a lesson in every little thing that ever happens to us.
If you have been following my blog, I seem to be referencing my running revelations quite frequently. So, here is another one. Just about anybody who has known me a while knows that I have a long-standing, deep-seeded, self-professed dislike of running. I have friends who are runners, but that is not something I would ever call myself. I may run, but I am not a runner. So, believe me, every time I set out to run it is in faith and with prayer. Today, I was on the Rock Island Trail trying once again to set my farthest distance and it came as no coincidence to me when I realized it is while running that God seems to speak to me most clearly. In the course of doing something that I cannot claim to be any good at on my own is where He finds me.
Praying, crafting, cooking, and studying the bible. These are areas in which I would say I enjoy or I have some skill. There are plenty of things in my life in which I take pride. I like to think I am a decent Mommy. I’m a pretty good Army wife. I volunteer. I would even say I’m good at exercising (just not running). It is not in any of these areas that God is choosing to talk to me now. It is while I’m running. Things that I ponder and pray over for days suddenly seem so obvious to me while I’m running. The longer I run, the more I sense He is revealing to me. Which is great, because it is embarrassing how long it took me to run 8 miles today. The point is that in the one area of my life that I am giving all the glory to God is where He is giving me more than I could even imagine to ask for. That is humbling.
The book of James is short New Testament book that has always spoken to me with practical wisdom. Humility is mentioned twice in the five chapters.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:10
Between these two verses James speaks of lamenting and mourning and weeping. These are words I would generally use to describe how I feel about running. But God has certainly lifted me up in this area of my life.
I also thought about the popular Footprints poem while running today. God responds to a man questioning Him about there being only set of footprints in the sand during the most troublesome times of his life by saying,
“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
Without a doubt, God has carried me through some difficult times. Now, He is not only carrying me as I run, but blessing me every step of the way. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” If running draws me nearer to God, then I will run. If only I could get someone to carry me for the three days with frozen peas on my knees that it takes for me to recover…
When does God speak to you? What are you doing when He finds you? Is there a lesson in that? Is there an area of your life you need to part with pride to allow God to carry you?