“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
I have begun the search. For a crazy soul who would say “yes” to training for and running a marathon with me.
I sent out some texts to possible prospects. One of them responded, “Ha, ha, ha. I am rolling over laughing right now as I read this.” And unfortunately the others said the same thing in so many words.
At this point I could be in a frustrated. Choose anxiety. I could worry that I am going to have to go at this what feels to be daunting task alone. I could doubt my original call from God to do the race in the first place. Or I could choose a different route of thought.
I could give this concern to God and allow Him to take care of it. Trust Him to be faithful as He always is when we are taking steps of obedience to Him. Understand His ways are not my ways and be content to simply enjoy the journey with Him.
I am choosing the route of saying no to anxiety and “yes” to the peace Jesus offers me, His daughter. I know He is aware of my desire to have a running buddy through this process and I trust Him to meet my needs in the way He see’s fit. This could mean not having a running buddy-and I have come to grips with this.
So, I set out into the unknown with God. Again. I have begun the training runs with my Father as my running buddy. My friend.
I remember so wanting to be cool in Jr. High. This meant being friends with the “cool kids”. If you could become friends with them, you were automatically “cool”. Who your friends were determined your worth. Well, as I have so matured in years since then, I can see the search to be cool is over. Because I have the “coolest” friend, Jesus. He says I am His friend and that is good enough for me. My worth is found in this friendship.
The fact that we have the ability to share life with the One who created all we see is beyond my comprehension. (No wonder He is the “coolest”.) I must remember even if I do not have a physical friend with me, I am never alone.
When I go running with my “coolest friend”, I have praised Him for the trees stretching on either side of me, forming a green archway above my head. The sea of brilliant magenta blooms as far on my right as I can see. The rolling hills in front of me. And this causes me to remember-
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)
What help are you in need of today, my sister? What question seems to be going unanswered or desire seems to be unmet? As we run with Jesus, lets lift up our eyes. Look around at the majesty of His creation. Praise His Name. Give Him our cares. And watch as our faithful Friend provides for us, and partakes in our joys and pains of the journey.
© 2012 Standing on Peace