Friends, you know I don’t run. I don’t. I suck. I can run maybe 10 seconds at a time and have to take a good 5 minute walking break. Well, today I really needed to get N for a nap so I decided to go for a walk with him in the stroller. I thought I’d push myself a little harder today since I haven’t exercised in quite a while (don’t ask me when the last time was). I started jogging down my street for 20 minutes, jogging 10 seconds at a time with good breaks in between. I was exhausted! By the time I got to the end of my street I decided I was going to walk the rest of the way home. You know that feeling you get when you start getting dizzy and uncomfortably hot even though it’s cold out? That was me.
Then all of a sudden, when I made the turn to head back, God clearly said to me “Keep running.” … Um… What? God, I am about to die! Are you serious? “Keep running, lean on me for strength.” Ok, you don’t need to say it twice, I’ll run. And the moment I started it was like something else took over my body. Every moment the wind pushed against me or I felt like my breath would give out, God would say “Lean on me”. And every time I thought of him something supernatural filled me again! Gosh darnit people, I made it all the way back without taking a single break and I tell you I could have gone longer! God would have kept me going as long as I continued to look to him for strength!
This was a huge wake up to me. It wasn’t just a reminder to continue looking to God for my physical provision, but a reminder that we can tackle ANYTHING with the supernatural strength of God. Mentally, physically or spiritually. I’m telling you, this was something my body could not handle on it’s own. No amount of willpower could have gotten me through that. It was truly a humbling experience that I hope to carry over into every aspect of my being!
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. – Matt. 19:26
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Phil. 4:13
but those who hope in the LORDwill renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Cor. 12:9-10