I should have reserved my "Running on Empty" title for today's post. It would really fit in well with the experience I had yesterday. Last fall I ran in a half marathon. Finally after a lot of sedentary years I finally got moving. I started to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Then in December when I found the lump in my breast I quit exercising. I had my surgery to remove it and everything turned out o'kay. However, the exercising and eating healthy stopped. It has been almost nine months and I could not get myself motivated to start over. I keep telling myself I am going to run the 1/2 marathon again in October, but I have not even started training.
Well, last night I laced up my running shoes, grabbed my Ipod and started to run. I told myself that I had to run at least one mile before I walked. (I know for you runners out there. . .that doesn't sound like much of an accomplishment, but for me it was huge). I was listening to praise music and trying to meditate on it while I ran.
I realized that listening to praise music while running can be dangerous. At one point I almost ran into the ditch because I shut my eyes and was worshiping God.
I knew exactly how far I needed to run to hit a little over a mile. There was a stop sign straight in front of me. I just had to get to it and then I could walk. I really wanted to stop running, but I didn't. Every time I wanted to stop I would listen to the words on my Ipod. "I am weak but You are strong" and "Lord with You there's nothing I cannot do". I kept running.
I didn't stop until I got to the stop sign. Of course the next song on my playlist was "Praise the King" by Cindy Morgan. And believe me I was praising God for getting me to that stop sign.
This post may sound really silly to you. I know it was only one mile of running. (By the way I did still have to get back home so I did go over 2 miles) But to me, it was starting over. It was getting through that first run. It was a run to praise God that the surgery that stopped my running ended up being nothing.
God is so good. There really is nothing that we cannot do without Him.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. Acts 20:24