I am not a runner. My wife is the athlete. But early in our ‘dating’ relationship I realized I needed to keep up with her so I started running, cycling, swimming, you know pretending to be an athlete. Well, she was going to run her first marathon in Park City, UT and I decided (or was persuaded) that I would run the half-marathon. I promised that it was a downhill course – and I convinced myself it would be a great way to spend two hours and chalk it up as an accomplishment.
I do not like running. It’s hard, painful, and the promises of it’ll get easier are lies from the devil – it never got easier. During training I got up to 7 miles – and thought, good enough. I’ll just painfully push through the additional 6 miles on race day. Now, for full disclosure, I did a triathlon once using this exact training strategy. Well, on race day I discovered that what runners call downhill actually means flat to us non-runners. I ran for the first 6 to 7 miles then my legs just said, no.
To prevent myself from dying on the side of the road and keep going I had to pick a relatively close target and force myself to run to it. I’d pick a nearby tree and tell myself, “I’ll walk once I get to that tree…” I’d run to the tree, walk to another nearby target, then run to the next target, and I did that for the next 6 or so miles.
To That Tree
Well, here I am applying this same, ‘To That Tree’ strategy to my life. While I do not know what God has planned for us I don’t see anywhere in scripture where God’s plan is for me to stay in bed until he’s ready for me to participate. I know that I am growing spiritually and in faith by leaps and bounds every single day. Everyday that I’ve failed, everyday that I have struggled, every moment of despair, God is holding true to his word.
God’s Word does not say “if” you have times of tribulation – John 16:33 tells us we will have tribulation. Romans 5:3, we are to rejoice in our sufferings. James 1:2, “when you meet trials.” And a verse that is evident today, 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.“
I may not like how this plan is going down but I know that he has a PERFECT plan and it will result in his perfect conclusion: HE WILL BE GLORIFIED.
Today, I continue forward, I fix, I built, I email, I market, I wait… I hate our situation; I love my Lord, I will find my strength in him.