I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. ~ Psalm 104:33-34
When I run trails I am much more focused on my surroundings. I am looking where I step, watching my footing, listening for animals (especially rattlesnakes, thank goodness they are not out in the winter). My senses seem more awake on trails. Light catches my eye as yucca plants are highlighted by the rising sun, birds sing louder and clearer, wildflowers give heavenly scents. I can’t help but think of my creator, who made all of the earth and saw it was good.
My thoughts are raw and unfiltered. There is so much chaos. So I pray. I seek forgiveness and grace. I need clarity. Running becomes my meditation. I lift my eyes, I seek his face. I feel his love wash over me and I am calm. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 Thank God this is not all there is. He has gifted us glimpses of himself, and that is the hope I need. My faith is renewed. Hope is restored.
I thank God for the gift running has given me. When I started up several years ago, I only hoped to lose weight. I had no idea what I would gain through running, least of all a closer relationship to God and ease of depression. But those who hope in the Lord will 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 God truly is the God of hope. I am so grateful that He brought running back into my life. I’m grateful for the friendships it has given me, the places I’ve been able to travel to and the opportunity to share my love of running through coaching.