“Oh, so you’re a runner?” she asked.
“Yeah, I guess you could say that. I run several miles a week so, yeah, I um, guess I am.” I’d never thought of myself that way.
This was the little conversation with the dental hygienist that opened my eyes. To see God at work. You see, I like exercise. But I have NEVER liked running. Until the last six months.
It all started with a text message. Would I run with her a couple of mornings a week? Train with her for a race even? Sure. It sounds fun, I thought. I’ll get to know her better and get a little “me” time away from the house (where I herd cats/AKA raise babies).
I have been lonely for a really long time. Wow I said it. There. Yes, lonely. Surrounded by a loving family and an amazing church family-and yet, lonely. I prayed for literally years-since 2007, to be exact, for a friend. Someone with whom I could be authentic and real and someone who shared my love for Jesus and family. The little text message came at an unexpected moment, and I didn’t have any idea how it would change me.
Rewind a few years: I suffered the loss of a deep friendship shortly before my marriage. The wounds were big and filled with distrust and bitterness. I grieved for years, and I struggled mightily with trusting women again. The devil had a stronghold on my heart: women are mean, he said: they cannot be trusted.
Lies. The enemy is so good at that.
Morning runs at sunrise have become a healing thing. A God thing.
I have had knee surgery, career-related back issues, bilateral hip bursitis, severe thyroid disease, 3 babies in less than 5 years and I don’t own a treadmill. And I love running. I say all this for one reason:
A lot of people say “congratulations” and admire what I have seemed to accomplished. But it isn’t me: He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. There have been many challenges to overcome, and there will be more I’m sure. But all glory to God, I am here to tell you a story of grace and healing. I can do all things through Jesus Christ, He alone is my strength. Whether you are a beginner or you are advanced, remember that whatever you do, do it to the glory of the One who made you. God is ALWAYS at work.