This past weekend I completed my second half-marathon (13.1 miles). Like I’ve mentioned before, I have a love/hate relationship with running and the same is true for the half-marathon. I really do not enjoy running 13 miles at 7:30 in the morning, sweating to death. I’d rather be sleeping or eating (probably eating because let’s face it…give the choice between eating and anything…I’ll normally choose eating). The one thing I love about the half-marathon is that it always provides tangible illustrations of God’s character and our walk with Him.
On Saturday, there was a man running that was blind He had another person running with him that was literally guiding him turn by turn, step by step. First of all, awesome!! Congratulations to that man for accomplishing something in spite of a steep obstacle. My parents and I were discussing this man’s accomplishment and my mom mentioned how it’s a perfect illustration of our Christian walk (my momma is the best! Seriously, she loves Jesus so much. I am forever grateful to have a mother that loves Jesus like she does)…how if we let Him, God will lead us step by step, turn by turn throughout our race (aka life).
I’ve been thinking about this all week. I’ve had mixed thoughts about it. On the one hand, it is amazing to realize that God loves me so much that he’s actively guiding me every step of the way. On the other hand, I’ve felt convicted. See, the runner had to trust the guide’s directions. The guide could’ve been there, running alongside of him, talking him through the course, but if he chose not to trust his directions…to go left instead of right…the runner would have failed (or at the very least injured himself, veered off course, etc.). You all are probably thinking the same thing I was thinking, “why wouldn’t the runner trust the guide? That would just be plain ole dumb not to listen to his directions. He’s there to help him.” I’m so quick to tell the runner to trust the guide, yet I’m so guilty of not following Christ’s directions for my life. I know that he knows the course for my life, I know that he has my best interests at heart, yet…I still choose to turn right instead of listening to him when he says “left.”
So why? Why do I ignore his instructions when I know they’re instructions for my good…instructions that will guide me to the finish line? I’ve been asking myself this question all week. Ultimately, I don’t always follow him because I do not totally trust him. I think that some of my directions are better than his. The runner could’ve enlisted the help of the guide, listened to him for some of the race, then thought, “hmmm I think he’s wrong when he says there a pothole in the road, I’m going to keep on going straight.” The runner trusted the guide enough to bring him there and to selectively listen to him, but he didn’t totally surrender to him. He’s still thinking his directions might be a little better.
The blind man didn’t know what the course looked like…he didn’t know what the next turn would bring…and neither do we. We might think we know, but ultimately you and I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. In light of our inability to see the future, wouldn’t it only make sense to totally trust our guide?
“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11).
By the way, thank you to everyone that prayed for me, encouraged me, and congratulated me after the race! Y’all are awesome!
One More Thing!
In case anyone is interested, I’m posting my favorite songs to listen to on long runs! My main criteria is upbeat and fast, so here are a few:
Awesome God–R. Swift
- B.O.B.–Outkast (like the fastest song ever! and if you are an ex-cheerleader like me, chances are you at one point in time did a choreographed dance to this song that you can try to remember while running!)
- Call Me Maybe–Carly Rae Jepson
- Electric Feel-MGMT
- Good Morning–Mandisa
- Ego (Remix feat. Kanye West)–Beyonce
- Songs Like This–Carrie Underwood (if you want to focus your energy on disliking an ex-boyfriend during your run)
- Falling Down–Lecrae
- Anything by Miss Britney!