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Going Backwards So You Can Go Forward

Just the thought of going backwards makes me cringe.

I’m a forward thinking gal. I don’t like losing time.

But

I see it better as a runner and it’s true in all of life.

Sometimes,

    not all the time,

    but sometimes you must go backwards so you can go forward.

A few weeks ago I injured my right knee while running.

To be honest, I got too excited, too motivated, too lost in the fun

whatever it was

It was too much

for my knee.

At first I hobbled

and expected to be out running within a few days.

I’d never had a running injury.

Never in all my 40 some years running.

I limped painfully upstairs and downstairs

but no way could I begin to run.

I pouted. And fussed within.

Come on, Lord. Please heal this old knee.

As one day led to another I began to accept that this would be a slow heal.

So I rested.

And waited.

One week.

Two weeks.

Three weeks.

Four weeks.

Until today when I laced on my shoes and went out for a gentle run.

It was smooth and gloriously pain-free.

Reminding me again

that some times

many times in life

I need to relax and be patient (not my favorite trait).

I must be flexible and adjust.

And look for the benefits of resting rather than pushing, pressing and insisting on my way.

I find this is true so much in life.

Plans are made, goals are written – when suddenly the unexpected happens.

And I have to change.

Yes, accept the things I cannot change

And change the things I can.

I love to run, and pray, and sing, and dance and be active.

But when life hits

suddenly you have to pick up the pieces,

wait on endless hold

listen to His Spirit within

all the while knowing that our times are in His Hands.

Healing is important. Learning to wait is essential.

Yes, He’s teaching me but I have a long way to go.

Life is made of million upon million life moments.

The more we let go and are willing to even go backwards, if needs be,

we will keep going forward.

Growing in grace and truth.

And maybe even growing in understanding that it’s not about our timing.

It’s all about Him.

 

Me? A Prayer Runner?

It happened  quite by accident.

Mornings began early with me putting on my running shoes

and leaving my house.

 It was just beginning to grow lighter

and my running settled into a moderate pace.

Listening to the awakening birds.

Watching the first light.

Admiring the flowers with dewdrops on their petals.

My first prayers were ones of thanks.

“Thank you, Lord, for creating such a beautiful world.”

“Thank you for the birds singing in the early morning.”

Thank you, God.”

And gradually my conversation with God changed to

“Forgive me, Lord, for worrying about that.

Help me to trust you.”

My conversations with God were an undistracted time

when I could simply pour out my heart.

“Boy, I really need wisdom in handling that….”

One thought after another became a prayer.

Sharing with the One I loved more than anything or anyone

and listening to His quiet whisper.

My steps kept on and so did my conversation with the Father.

Somehow my prayers grew deeper out there on the streets

in the early morning.

Somehow I sensed I had connected with His Pleasure

as I ran.

Hills became nothing as I was deep in my conversations.

Way before I was ready to be done

my morning run was over

and I showered and dressed for my job as a first grade teacher.

But these prayer runs set a foundation for me.

One that focused me, nourished my soul, and grew within me

a relationship that has been so precious through the years.

Yes, I could have prayed at home

Or in the car

Or at a church

But for me, this rhythm of prayer runs

Became a place where I knew and was known.

God seemed to run with me.

Smiling His pleasure.

Some folks have discovered the benefit of prayer walks.

But for me, the prayer runs are the diamonds

in the midst of ordinary living.

Through them I have been transformed

from a stressed out woman to one who is continually growing stronger.

And if one day I’m not able to run and pray

I will walk

always enjoying the wonder

that He walks with me and talks with me.

That wonder never grows old.

Running To Win

They couldn’t believe it.

He was not expected to win.

His style was ridiculed. His arms flailed widely, his head way back.

But on that day on July 12, 1924 Eric Liddell astonished the crowd by winning

the 400 m  race.

When asked where the power came from

Eric quietly directed folks to the One and Only One.

“God honors those who honor Him,” he said. I Samuel 2:30.

Astonishing. Amazing. Beyond human understanding.

It is still true today.

When we put the Lord first in our lives and honor Him

He blesses us.

Unexplainable but unquestionably blesses us.

Shortly afterwards Liddell went to China and spent the rest of his life teaching there.

Turned his back on the fame and popularity.

“A fellow’s life counts for far more at this than the other,” he responded when asked about his decision.

Liddell was at peace.

So different from our world of striving and medals and fame.

But could it be that he left us a reminder – almost a warning.

You can have all this world offers but there is something that matters far more.

It makes me wonder about my own life. And yours.

Are we truly focused on what counts the most?

Choosing the best over the good.

That’s what it boils right down to, isn’t it?

Living our life with our eyes on eternity. Going for the goal of a life surrendered to Him.

Eric Liddell’s faith was paramount in his life.

It guided him and gave him light in the dark of distractions and confusion.

What is the most important in your life?

How is that giving you direction and focus?

Above all, hold on to what will never fade.

Let’s focus on our goal in life and then run with strength.

Life is shorter than we think –

Living an amazing life can be yours.