I wrote this over a year ago, shortly after I had decided to start my own event planning business and we had decided that 2015 was the year we were going to run a half-marathon. I never planned to publish this post, but reading back over it, it's such a great reminder of how to persevere and to keep moving forward when God tells you to do something. Today, I hope this inspires you!
My husband and I are training for a 10K.
I still think I'm crazy. I haven't run like this since I was a kid, before I tore both of my ACLs in middle school (I had reconstructive surgery on both 10 years ago).
I knew training like this would push me, but I didn't realize in what kind of a way.
With every mile, I'm reminded of how pushing forward through training is similar to pushing forward to any new goal - like this new business. It's going to hurt sometimes. It's going to be an uphill climb sometimes. And I'm going to have to keep going when I'm tired.
So with every step, I have to remember to keep my focus on the reason I'm doing this - because it's what God is telling me to do.
Anytime I want to quit, I look to him. Today was a perfect reminder of that.
Last Saturday, we ran 4 miles in Richmond. I ended up with what I thought was a stress fracture in my right foot and couldn't walk without being in extreme pain for about 3 days. We prayed for healing, and by Thursday, I was well enough to try running again - which I did! Without pain! This was a miracle, and I was so overjoyed.
So I ran Thursday and this past Saturday, and tonight we had another 4 mile run. I got to right around 3 miles and my left knee started hurting. Badly. And it felt like it was only going to get worse. So I turned to God, and I asked him to make the pain go away if I was supposed to keep running, or to make it worse so I would know to stop.
Immediately the story of how Peter walked on water popped in my mind. He was walking in faith, but when his fear took his focus he started to sink. I realized that God was telling me to focus on Him, and Him alone, and the pain would go away. The struggle would be less. It would be manageable because of His strength, all I had to do was focus on Him.
And my pain went away. I focused on God and my pain was gone - and in that moment I knew, again, that I had to keep pursuing my goals. There will always be obstacles, and when you're moving in the direction God leads you, Satan will do all he can to prevent you. So I have to remember to focus on God and God alone - not the pain, not the struggle, not that I don't always know what I'm doing.
When you're doing what God has called you to do, he calls you only to keep your focus on Him and to follow His lead.
Isn't that just amazing grace?
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?”