Running with God

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Over the last month during my training to run another half-marathon, I’ve been thinking about my path through life.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget where you’ve come from.

If you’ve read my story, then you may know that at one time years ago, I was a divorced, single mom of a special needs child. Last week, I was working on a project that required reviewing photos and videos from the last 13-14 years. Wow- God sure can transform a person when we allow Him to!  If you look at the picture to the right of this post, you’ll see anything but a divorced, single mom with a special needs child.  God has richly blessed Matt and me. Richly. On so many levels.

When life got hard in that season of being a divorced, single mom, for some reason, I found Christians to be less dependable and God to be the only dependable.

You know, I think everyone lands at certain crossroads in life. We get to choose one of two paths:

We can run to God.

Or we can run away from God.

The crazy thing about running away from God is that He always finds us. Running away is never a solution, because God is everywhere. But you know human beings. A bit knuckle-headed when it comes to understanding how God could be everywhere at once.

I feel so blessed that I mostly chose to run to God when I hit those crossroads. Oh, I had a few points where I tried to run away from God. But eventually I learned that running to God was the answer. No matter the problem.

Then about six years ago, God showed me a path that wasn’t about running to Him or running away from Him. You see, I finally learned that while He’s always waiting with open arms and His love never gives up, I don’t have to choose to turn and run back to Him. There is a better solution.

We can try to run away from God.

Or we can run to God.

Or better yet, we can

Run with God.

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Sometimes the pace seems slower than I’d like. Ever been there?

I’m ready to see the next mile marker…

And God is whispering to me to focus on the next step. 

 I want to cross the finish line…

and God wants to go a few more miles.

I’d like to wear the medal…

And God says, “Not until you’ve finished the course.”

The more I run with God, the more I mimic His pace; and the more I run with God, the more I treasure His love.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24

Care to join me? Let’s race!

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4 Comments

  1. This is so encouraging and could not be any more pertinent! I have four weeks of training left for my first half marathon and this past week have been very discouraged about my parents currently going through a divorce, and other seemingly unfair aspects of this life. My running training is also at that point where I’m ready to just be done. It is funny how God encourages us in the sneakiest of ways. Thank you for sharing your encouraging thoughts, Rachel!

    1. You go, Girl! You can do it. Can hardly believe I’m on my fourth half marathon!

  2. As a new runner I enjoyed this. I love running because I feel free with God. Free conversation. No distractions.
    I love to picture Him there cheering me on to the finish. And that’s what He does in life. He cheers me on when I feel I can’t go on.
    Thanks for sharing!

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