Archive for July, 2010

A Tale of Two Runs

Let me tell you a little about Thursday’s run.  My final training run before my first 5K run ever.

I ran exactly 2 miles, and didn’t think I was going to make it that far.  (That was my goal…taking it easy heading into the race.)

I had a stitch in my side – twice.  That’s never happened before.

I had trouble breathing.  Haven’t had trouble like that since early in the C25K program.

My knee hurt on and off the rest of the day.

My pace was the slowest it’s been in weeks.

None of this is making me very hopeful heading into the 5K on Saturday.

It’s Thursday night, and I could post this now.  But I’m choosing not to, because it’s not the end of the story.  Because it’s not about the hope I have based on my abilities.  It’s about the trust and hope I have in Jesus Christ.

If I had posted this on Friday, I would have had to tell you about how my knee hurt.  ALL DAY.  I wondered if I would even be able to run.

And yet…

Every time I started to question, I heard this simple question:  “Do you trust me?”

It has been a few days where the Casting Crowns song “Voice of Truth” has been for me – I needed to only listen to HIS truth.  And the truth is:

Phillippians 2:13  13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

1 Thess 5:24  The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Isaiah 40:31  31 but those who trust in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

With that kind of truth, how could my answer be anything but “Yes, I trust You.”  I have seen His faithfulness and His strength over and over since my first day of running – why would I doubt that He would not provide on the race day?

So, here it is, my race day notes:

I ran the whole darn thing.  From start line to finish line.

I felt great.  The one time that I felt like walking, my iPod changed to “Free to Run” – the song He first used to comfort and encourage me.  Like I could start walking during that song!  By the time the song was over, I was in the home stretch and knew I could make it.

My knee was fine.

I never had a single other stitch, pain, nothing.

I finished 2 minutes faster than the last 2 times I ran the very same course.

I even went back out and ran the Kids Fun Run with Megan. 😉  Who would have thought I would run extra?!

Thanks to Him who is my hope and my strength.

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Short and Sweet

Quick post today…just to share with you that I am celebrating running a 5K this morning!  Granted, I started out with a short warm-up walk, but then I ran the rest of the course I’ll be running in next week’s race.  It felt GREAT!

The difference between today’s run and the 2 I struggled with earlier this week?  Preparation in the form of prayer.

Sure, I could cite cooler weather, but in my heart of hearts –  I know that’s not it.

God put Isaiah 41:10-11 in front of me last night, and I quickly committed it to memory.  I prayed it, and I repeated it over and over to myself this morning.

“Fear not, for I am with you.  Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Praise be to Him.

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Just Call Me Peter

Do you ever read a quote (or in this case, a Facebook status) that just makes you stop and think?  Apparently it’s been happening a lot to me lately!

So here it is for today:

Peter began to sink when his faith shifted from the firmness of Jesus’ word to the instability of his circumstance. Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through faith-building experiences. And it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too. ~Jon Bloom

If you’re not familiar with the story, you can find it in Matthew 14:22-33.  Jesus walks across a lake to meet his disciples who are out in a boat.  They see him and are very afraid, thinking he is a ghost.  He admonishes them to “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  Peter, ever one to test Jesus, says “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”

Of course, Jesus does just that, and helps Peter to walk.  Suddenly, Peter notices the wind, and gets scared.  He begins to sink.  Jesus rewponse? 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

When I read the Jon Bloom quote, I knew it was just for me.  If you’ve read any of my blog, you know this whole running thing is just not natural to me – yep, almost as unnatural as walking on water.  You hopefully also know that I believe God called me to do it, and that I’ve had to rely on Him and His strength for every step of progress I’ve made.

A few short weeks ago, I was DEEPLY relying on him – almost every step, every breath.  When I was running 60 second intervals, I could only complete them because I called on Him.  When I was up to 5 minute intervals, the last half of those were ALL HIM.  When I had to jump from 8 minutes to 20 minutes, I spent a TON of time in prayer as preparation, because I knew it would have to be Him to get me through it.

But now that my race is 10 days away,  and the most I’ve been able to run without stopping is 2.5 miles, and I haven’t been able to do that the last 2 runs.  I am FULL of doubt about actually completing 3.1 miles without walking.

And yet Jesus is still there.  He is still willing and ready and eager and able to carry me for all 3.1 miles.  But I have to believe Him.  I have to focus on that truth, and not on the circumstances – it’s hot, I’m tired, I’m thirsty.  Not listen to the part of me that says I can’t do it or is afraid I’ll “sink” like Peter did.

I need to keep my eyes on Him and my trust in Him and believe that He’ll carry me through.  After all, He called me to do it.

Ephesians 2:13 (NLT):

13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

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