This 5K thing has been brewing for a while now. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started…but 5K’s are kind of all the rage right now, so I’ve definitely been hearing about them a lot in the last year or so. Last spring I got the bug a bit, and even
conned convinced Chris & our good friend L to walk with me in a small local race. You’ll probably want to refresh your memory on that story here (Where’s my medal?) as it provides a good little background lesson to today’s post.
Fast forward from walking that 5k in May to the start of July. Aerobics and Zumba were just not happening anymore, but as my pant size was needing a little loosening, the budget was tightening up thanks to our “Financial Peace University.” As I considered my need to exercise and our need to save money, I began to see running as the most sensible solution.
The problem? I hate running. I am notoriously slow. Oh yeah, and it’s been going on 10 years since I’ve done any serious running.
What to do, what to do?
I’ve been learning and growing a lot in my relationship with Christ, so I started to connect the dots in a way I hadn’t every quite done before. It went something like this…
*God loves me.
*He desires for me to be disciplined in His ways.
*Taking care of my body and health is a discipline.
*If I am within His will, God will give me the desires of my heart.
*I desire to become a runner, in spite of myself.
*If I become a runner, it will be to God’s glory.
Hum…so perhaps, if I want to become a more disciplined person in caring for myself…while being mindful of our budget…and I want to give God the glory for what He does in my life…then wouldn’t it make sense for me to ask God to help me? To pray that He would help me commit, to follow through, to be healthy in His name?
Monumental thinking, I know.
So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 months. Praying, asking for prayer, and following the “Couch to 5k” training app. I’ve run on hot days, I’ve run in the rain, I’ve run around my neighborhood and on the track and on my parent’s treadmill. I ran with Chris a time or two, and even Huxley a few times…but mostly, step by step, I’ve run with the Lord.
In the beginning it wasn’t overly hard…you start out running then walking at one minute intervals. It built from there, but the first time I really had to call on God and say “Okay, if you are really in this with me then here we go…I’m gonna need you here” was when it wanted me to run for 10 uninterrupted minutes. It felt impossible to me, but He is made strong in my weakness…and I did it. I called on his strength again when I reached 18 minutes of uninterrupted running, and from that point on my runs turned into almost non-stop prayer sessions.
I didn’t run everyday, and there were times I would redo a week or two of the program because I didn’t feel ready for the next bump up. Once I found a 5k to do and had an ultimate goal in mind, my resolve was strengthened even more. I remember talking with my family about it and making the comment that I was going to “try and run most of it.” In response, my Dad said “If you are going to do it, then do it. Run the whole thing.” My Dad has always pushed me, and hearing his voice telling me to do it all the way also became a big source of motivation for me.
These past few weeks have been nothing short of a miracle in my life. As silly as it may sound to some, running 3.1 miles is so far outside of me that it is obviously the Lord at work in my life. And you know, it’s been a while since I’ve needed to rely on the Lord so fully and in such a way that I can say it is only by His grace and help that I am taking each step.
I prayed that He would turn me into a runner…and He did. He answered my prayer.
God answered my prayer.
It’s not the first time He’s done so, but it’s the first time in a quite a while that I have been able to so clearly say that God did this in my life. I could go on and on about why I think this is; God has revealed a lot to me lately about how hard it is for people who have much to fully trust in and rely on Him. But the point is, He cares about me and is at work in every area of my life.
Thank you Lord!
More tomorrow on the big day itself…today I just wanted to share a bit of a testimony about how God has been changing me in a way that only He can. God is good, all the time!
KEEP CALM & ASK GOD TO START A CHANGE IN YOU!