I’ve been running again lately, and let me tell you it’s not been easy. I don’t mind running, as exercise, but I’m not what you’d call a ‘runner’. You know those people who like running, they will run 7 miles on a Saturday afternoon just for fun. Although, as I ran today, random revelation hit me, so good I had to share.
My great friend Rachel ran with me recently, this happened to be one of the first times I’d run a full mile without stopping in a few years. I attempted to give her a pre-warning that I may want to stop and walk every few blocks. I tried for the walk a block, run and block idea, she wasn’t buying.
What she did do was teach me that often runners will hit a ‘wall’, this is where your legs feel like they might crumble and you have a hard time catching your breath. “So that’s what has been happening all these years I’ve tried to run”…..I thought as I rolled my eyes to myself and tried for the run walk combo one last time.
My sweet friend Rachel confidently told me that when I hit these walls, if I keep running and keep breathing, I will run through them. That my breathing would get easier and my legs would feel lighter. I am being 100% honest when I say I did not believe her, not one bit. Since she was visiting from Oregon and I wanted to spend every minute I could with her, and she wasn’t taking no for an answer, we tied our shoes and headed out the door.
You guys — She was right!!! She coached me through my walls, and let me tell you I had more than a few. That day I ran more than a mile straight for the first time in years. I am now able to do it on my own. Almost every time I run, I hear her voice coaching me in my head when I hit my walls. “Keep breathing Emy, keep running, you’ve got this”
So as I was running today, I hit a wall, kept breathing, kept running and I ran straight into a revelation.
So many times when we are seeking God, reading His word and leaning into Him, we will hit a wall. I’ve hit them many times, and I know lots of people who have. I mean Jesus didn’t say being a Christian would come without troubles, He actually said the opposite.
So I am writing to clarify and encourage you here, just like Rachel did for me.
To clarify, there is an enemy who does not want to see you dig deep into relationship with the Lord. The devil will try to put up as many walls as possible to attempt to keep you from the freedom that comes with knowing your Creator intimately. There are also decisions we make or others make that build walls we must tear down and push through.
So there ARE walls, expect them, and prepare for them.
To prepare – stay rooted in the Word, this is what you will use to tear down the ‘walls’ when they come. Speak the word out, in faith, at the ‘wall’. I promise if you make this a habit and a discipline, the walls will crumble and you will be able to keep on running into relationship with your Father.
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1
When you’re in the trenches and life hits you hard with a daunting wall, keep breathing, keep running, stay the course, — you will get through the ‘wall’ and you will catch your breath and your legs will feel lighter again.
Jesus I ask that for the days we can’t catch our breath, and our legs feel like they may crumble, you remind us to keep our eyes on you. That You would whisper to us “I’ve got this, keep going” I pray you remind us that what you did on the cross was for us to confidently know we can run through the ‘walls’ of life and we will be lighter on the other side.