so. i finished 9 miles– and i’m happy to report God gave me just enough strength to have a tear-free experience.
God’s strength came in the form of a shiny, new homeskillet. she deserves a great big holla for my positive experience.
this new ‘skillet was invited to join our running posse at the last minute–and even though we are strangers– i have been praying for her to join us since the day training started.
i’m used to my super-fit ‘skillets being waaaaaay out in front of me– and at times i lose sight of them on the trail. this is expected– they are faster. watching them move on without me has been a challenge, but i know they’re always waiting for me at the end of the run.
at the end i have my ‘skillets– but in the middle there’s just me.
it’s kinda not fun running alone.
see– i’m a girl who loooooves her some ‘skillet time– talking to my girls gives me energy.
so. i’ve been praying for God to bring someone alongside me–
“i can’t do this alone, Lord. i NEED to talk, Lord. i mean, have you met me!!?? of course you have– you made me this way. you know what i need.
what i need is to be in bed.
it’s early, LORD. sooooooo stinkin’ early in the a.m. — i mean really. dear Lord. i haven’t had coffee or a sugary substance of any kind. sweet Lord. could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help a sista out– and, throw a slow ‘skillet my way?”
God heard my selfish plea, and He could have answered at any time.
but, He waited for me to understand and appreciate the TRUTH– if i’m His, i’m never alone.
every time i’ve stepped foot on the trail– He’s been there.
i’ve shared moments with Him these past weeks that have made me KNOW He is real. through solitude and pain– He prepared my heart and my eyes to see Him more and more clearly.
and, only after i had time to get closer to Him– did He answer my prayer.
He brought me a new ‘skillet that runs my speed, stays at my tempo, and matches my stride. just like God’s timing– it’s a perfect fit.
AND I LOVE HIM FOR THAT! (throwing up God-lovin’ *spirit sprinkles*)
i believe He waited to bring this sweet, slow-paced skillet into the mix for HIS GLORY.
i see this new ‘skillet as a gift — like He’s saying, “i see you. i love you. and i am here with you.”
here’s the thing.
if this homeskillet had joined us at the beginning of our training session– i would have appreciated her. i would have been grateful for a new friend. grateful for a running partner. grateful for someone to make the mornings easier for me.
but, where’s God in that scenario?
well. of course, He’s still there– i just would have been too blind and too focused on myself to see Him. to appreciate Him. to love Him for loving me.
having this blessing of a girl join our group after the devastating run i had last week makes me appreciate and love God more.
with each new day and with each new challenge i understand and BELIEVE:
He wants to help me through the rough spots.
He wants to give me strength.
He wants to heal my hurts.
He’s just waiting for me.
and, step by step.
at a slow-‘skillet pace– i know i’m getting closer to Him.