Running Towards The Cross
Romans 8:35,37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (English Standard Version)
I decided today that I would attempt to run for an hour. My usual approach is 30 minutes, but inspired by a friend, I set my sights on an hour. The first 30 went fine, then I hit the 40 minute wall; Owch, one BIG owch. I slowed down and pushed on, just kept going. Then something quite incredible happened.. at about 45 minutes my body fell into an almost mechanical rhythm, I found my groove. I then turned the corner for the last leg home and my eyes became fixed on the mountains which had a light wispy mist across them. ‘Lead Me to the Cross’, by Hillsong United came on my player. And suddenly I was in perfect rhythm, free of pain, my breath even, my eyes fixed on God’s magnificent creation, my thoughts, led by the song were consumed with praise and peace. I stopped at my house after an hour though I could have kept going!
In this amazing Romans reading Paul states that much will come between me and God: distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword – all designed to make me give up, to turn from my path toward heaven. But I must never give up, through the trials, the challenges, the difficulties I must push on. Like my run, my faith walk becomes easier when I fix my eyes on God, when I completely realise that I can conquer all that comes before me through Jesus who loves me. I am not alone, as I face the trials of life, I am not alone.
On that last part of the run, I had to stop once at a road, my rhythm, my gaze toward the mountains and my thoughts of God, briefly interrupted, and for a few moments as I started to run again, I found it a struggle, but soon got back into the groove. I know I need to be reading the Word of God every day, and not just a brief glance, but dwelling and reflecting. I know I need to pray and to face my sin each and every day. And after a time this becomes a rhythm, it becomes natural. But recently I paused, took a few days off from reading the scriptures, and I found starting up again quite hard. The ideal I know is to just keep going, knowing that it will become easier. And I achieve this through focusing on God, through having a heart that wants only to serve and glorify Him, being quick to seek forgiveness and admit fault, and yearning to be in His presence.
Lord I praise you for this run, and for this amazing reading – all glory to you Lord. Amen!
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