Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
This week was the first time I worked out in a long time. Longer than I care to admit. But after being inspired by last weekend’s NYC Marathon (and encouraged by a friend the night before), I went running on Monday morning. I didn’t think I was going to do that well because I hadn’t run in so long, but I ran for a total of 2.5 miles (my personal best is only about 3 miles), and even though I was worried about fatigue and cramping, and even though I’d started feeling the burn in my chest…
…I didn’t die.
I tried something difficult. I pushed myself beyond what I thought possible. And I was totally fine. Was I out of breath? Uh, yeah. Did I take a break? Sure did. After that run, I was so, so tired, and then…I was elated. I was on Cloud Nine because I’d accomplished something. I was proud of myself. That feeling of accomplishment made me go back for more on Thursday, and I plan to do the whole thing over again next week.
My run on Monday got me thinking about the fear and apprehension we sometimes experience when God has called us to do something difficult. Even though we know that what God has planned for us could greatly improve our mental, emotional, or spiritual health, we focus on the fact that doing difficult things makes us feel uncomfortable. But the Word says that God will show up for us in our difficult moments and give us new strength! We’ll be so refreshed and renewed, we’ll feel like we’re flying…
I pushed myself in more ways than one this week. I started working towards my goals for this month, and there were some difficult nights. I’m planning another DREAM JOB Brunch for next Sunday, and I’m worried about ticket sales and breaking even. I’m worried about whether the ladies who attend will actually get something out of it. But from something as simple as a morning run, I have faith in God to give me the strength I need to do what He’s called me to do. When I look back on Isaiah 40:31, I know that I can keep going. I know that God’s going to give me the strength to meet my business goals, pull off this event, and stay disciplined at work.
There were nights this week I came home from work and wanted to do nothing but sit on the couch. But then I’d remember Monday’s run and that floating feeling I got after the run was over. This process of balancing life and work and my goals and God’s purpose for my life is teaching me something greater. I’m learning to rely on God for strength. I’m learning to wait on Him for direction and a renewed spirit. I’m learning to fly…
We don’t know what challenges await us next week, but know this: if you wait for God to strengthen you, He will show up, and you will soar above those challenges with a determination you didn’t think was possible.
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