Day 27

"Listen!  The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call."  Isaiah 59:1

What a difference a day makes.  How quickly we sometimes forget the many blessings we were just counting the night before.

Before today's run, I didn't have the right attitude.  People and the things they were imposing upon me took their toll today.  I just wanted others to do their respective jobs, their part, and became impatient with their lack of performance because it was holding up my performance. 

Unfortunately, I carried this attitude with me on the run.  I didn't even make a mile and tripped over a crack in the sidewalk.  Like impatience in my life, that crack caused me to lose focus and give up.

In Chapter Seven of the book Dylan and I are reading together, Hinds' Feet on High Places, the main character, Much-Afraid, gets tripped up by the Weed of Impatience, causing her to lose her lovely companion, Acceptance-with-Joy.  When she loses this companion, she is almost overtaken by the ugly villains, Resentment, Pride, Bitterness, and Self-Pity.  In her despair, she calls for the Good Shepherd who instantly comes to her rescue, driving Resentment, Pride, Bitterness and Self-Pity far away.  This brief summary doesn't do the book justice, but you get the picture.

I could really relate to Much-Afraid today. 

What about you?

Is there a Crack of Impatience in your running path?  Or, is there something else keeping you from the lovely companion, Acceptance-with-Joy? 

Colossians 1:11-12 says, “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.   May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.”

After regrouping with God, I decided to get back out there and try the run again.  This time, the pace was right and I didn't trip over any cracks in the sidewalk.  With a successful second run, it was time for the FBCA Track Banquet with Dylan.  It was a real treat.

God is good all the time.


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