*Originally written on December 31st, 2010*
Yesterday I traded my run outside for some gym time, wondered as silly as it is, if reworking my schedule was a good idea but brushed it aside after blessing a few people, and being blessed, with some laughter and such on the way out of the gym. God always has you where you are for a reason.
Today I was rewarded with beautiful weather, partly cloudy turned to bright blue cloudless sky. Perfect for my run with the Lord to end the old year and begin a new one...I started out with some music, but soon ditched it for sounds of nature and to get closer to God.
I began having issues keeping myself concentrated on Him of course, since this is supposed to be my quiet time with the Lord. As I continued though-I told myself I ran with HIS strength, the glory of the sun empowering me, inspiring me. So finally I went for it! Went for not an 8 mile run, not my planned 10 mile run, but a 14 mile run, ending the year with a nice long quiet run with God. As we went, I just had to keep praying for His strength, His power. Him to be my joints, Him to be my muscles, my lungs, my heart...The desires of the righteous WILL be granted and He put this desire within me. As the run continued I became more and more focused on Him for He was the only reason I was still going!
When I finally was reaching the end, He actually gave me enough energy to sprint to the end! I was amazed! And I KNEW it had to be Him because when I finally reached the end of my 14.7 miles...my strength and energy just-left! All of the sudden I FELT like I had ran over 14 miles lol. It is just so awesome to know that He cares about our runs, our quiet moments we spend together!
Its a small way the Lord shows His love, but powerful! It reminds me of how He always has my automatic locks work in my car. They stopped for a long time, but one day I asked Him to have them work (more to myself than really Him) and He had them work! Now everytime they do I KNOW its Him, His little 'I love you' and 'your in my thoughts' messages for the day. I cannot wait for this next year and all the many ways my love relationship with the Lord will grow!