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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stay the course! (Even when it gets tough.)

And that's a really good thing! Almost a novelty. It seems like it's been forever that we've battled freezing cold and never ending wind, but I know it hasn't been that long. Just a couple of weeks ago, it was warm temperatures that hit me hard toward the end of the Louisiana Marathon.

And these low temps in Arkansas haven't been all bad either. Just last weekend, I missed my marathon PR by less than 3 minutes and had a really enjoyable race. It was plenty cold then too, and the wind didn't pick up until halfway through the race. By then I didn't even notice it.

Today's 6 mile run was just cold. There was no wind, but it was still only 130.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-2

Yes, it's been really cold this winter. Yes, I've put off my runs a few times until the afternoon. But these past couple weeks, I've just been convicted to press on, even when the bitter cold has seized our area. I've heard comments that I'm tough, that I'm crazy, and even that I'm stupid, and I've tried to figure out exactly what it is in me that won't let me back off.

Searching this afternoon for help from the Bible to explain it, I was drawn to Psalm 91, where this passage jumped out at me. What I realized reading this is that if Jesus truly is who I'm running for, then I've got to run. I can't let a little weather, not enough to make running dangerous, just uncomfortable, stop me from answering God's call, to run for His glory.

It's easy to dwell in His shelter and claim Jesus as our refuge and fortress when we're comfortable. But too often it's easy to blame God, to curse God, to question God, and even to flee from God when things get tough. But those uncomfortable times are when we need to stay the course, continue to seek and follow His will, and trust that He will deliver us from whatever it is that tempts us to stray.

I am so grateful Jesus has given me this gift of running, and grateful that He keeps me focused and motivated, even when the weather tempts me to quit.

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