If you’ve had a conversation with me,
you know that I like running.
I like it for many reasons.
getting out in the fresh air,
the runner’s high,
the feeling of accomplishment,
but also the ups and downs of running.
I’ve learned that the roller coaster that is running
mirrors my life so precisely
and through that,
I’ve learned to let God be God.
Here’s a play-by-play of my thought process during my run this Sunday.
Miles 1-3: Doing well. Slow and steady. Ease your body into it. Wow, it’s really cold out here. Dang it, I already have to use the bathroom. Okay, we’re good now. Back on track. Ease into it.
Miles 4-7: This is ridiculously painful. Why am I doing this again? Why did I decide to run away from my car? Now I have to make it the whole way back. This sucks. Ow. Pain.
Miles 8-10: OH MY GOSH. I love running so much. I want to do this forever and ever! Can I just get paid to run? I think I might even run past the car I’m feeling so great. This is the best thing in the world!
Miles 11-14: Ouch. Almost done. Runner’s high, come back, pretty please. Food. Foooood. Sleeep. Now the sun is really hot. Why did I wear long sleeves? Should I shower, eat, or sleep first? Almost done. Done!!
Walk to the car: Running is the best thing on the planet!! I cannot wait until next Sunday.
Running is an exact replication of my life.
One minute I am ready to take on the world
and do whatever Christ asks of me.
The next moment I am depressed
and wonder why I am even here.
The followed by a moment of being angry
and finally a moment of sheer joy.
But it is life.
Our emotions and thoughts fluctuate
more often than the second hand ticking on the clock.
But once again,
where we fail,
God fills in for us
“For I, the Lord, do not change.” Malachi 3:6
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Even though my thoughts are racing
100 miles a minute,
He stays the same.
When I started to recognize that my runs are a representation of my life,
I started to allow God to take control of my runs
but far more importantly,
I started to allow Him to take control of my life.
He is all the stability I will ever need.
I am learning to let God be God in my life.
My emotions and thoughts might run wild
but He is there
and He is unchanging.
He remains the same.
What a refreshing thought during this chaotic holiday season.
No matter what happens this season,
how many gifts you buy,
how burnt your ham gets,
or how many family tiffs break out,
God will remain the same today and always.
Let God be God.