Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jesus Carried Me Through 16 Miles Today!

Usually my long runs are reserved for weekends, but not today.

This Saturday we'll be gone with the church youth group so there won't be an opportunity for a long run. Then next week is spring break and I'm planning to spend as much time as possible with Janice and Courtney so I'm not sure how much time I'll have available to run. Add to that I didn't have to be at work until noon today because we're having parent-teacher conferences and it all added up to the perfect formula for a mid-week long run.

Only problem is, it's only been 9 days since the Little Rock Marathon. One of the friends I run with said today that she read it's supposed to take 26 days to recover from running a marathon, one day for every mile of the race. I'm not sure if what she read is 100% accurate, but today's 16 was no walk in the park.

It got me thinking, as I struggled through the last four miles, of a video my friend Jesse posted on Facebook only a couple of days before his 62 mile race this weekend, Carry Me to the Cross by Kutless. The lyrics start with, "When the path is daunting, and every step exhausting, I'm not alone. I'm not alone."

Well, in those last 4 miles today, the path was daunting, and every step was exhausting, and I was not alone! Several times I wanted to quit. I wanted to stop and walk, but I never did. That's because Jesus carried me those last few miles. It wasn't me. It wasn't my ability, my strength, or my fortitude. It was Him!

There is no doubt He strengthens me when I'm weak. He picks me up when I'm down. He carries me when I think I just can't go on. I am so thankful He's there to carry me when I'm ready to quit!

Thank you Jesus!

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