Running isn’t easy.
It seems that everyone I have met either loves it or hates it, there is no in between. I love it now, but if there is one thing unexpected I’ve learned in my short two years as a runner, it’s that running is so much more mental than we give it credit.
Even when I was training for and ran my first long race, it seemed easier than trying to get back into running this fall after taking three months off. Suddenly I couldn’t run a few miles without walking, and I couldn’t run without listening to fast-paced music in my ears. What happened to me being able to go out and run for two hours? What happened to me being able to run fast miles listening to worship music like I used to?
Well, I did it the other day, I listened to my praise playlist on a five mile run. And it was glorious. It was great because I didn’t worry about my pace, I just ran. It was a beautiful day and I went with it. My music was so good that I had to stop at the end on the quad to take in God’s creation and goodness in my life.
And then, without me knowing how it happened, everything was right with the world.
I think a similar thing happens in our lives; we wonder why our pace isn’t right or why things aren’t going our way without considering that maybe our pace isn’t God’s pace. We go about our lives in such a rushed fashion that we don’t slow down to wait for God, so we leave him behind. We forget that he can catch up to us if we only stop long enough to hear his still, small voice.
Why do we not wait for The Lord? There are many answers to that question: we are too busy serving ourselves or others, we plan to stop when the time is right (but it doesn’t happen), or we are scared of what might happen if we stop to listen to Him. These reasons are real and hard to overcome, I understand, but we can’t let our excuses stop us anymore. We need to be not afraid to seek God always and have the courage to put him first in our lives.
Will that involve sacrifice? Yes. Will that involved being uncomfortable? Most certainly. But will it be worth it? Yes, it will. To feel the presence of The Lord giving you the peace, courage, and strength to live for Him is truly the best feeling and once you get there you will never want to turn back.
So slow down. Stop striving full speed ahead. Pause long enough to seek The Lord in his temple. Give him your full attention and take all that He has to offer you. It will be the best decision you ever make.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.