“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
I went on a run at my parents house earlier this week and I was asking God where He would have me put my time and energy this summer. “Run a marathon” came to mind.
This had to be God’s idea because there is no way I have the gifting, motivation, or need to run a marathon. My dreamed up plans up to this point for the summer had consisted of sleeping in, going to a pool with the girls as much as possible, hit the community free lunches at the park, and have some good eats while watching Netflix in my comfy black arm chair. I guess you could summarize my plans for the summer in one word “lazy”.
God’s word “marathon” and my word “lazy” were not seeming to gell nicely. This is how life with the Lord seems to go. He has a completely opposite idea of how I should spend my time. (But I have to give Him credit, His “out there” ideas haven’t disappointed me once yet.)
My ongoing chat with God went something like this: “Sure, Lord, I have done all the race lengths before it, but my half marathon was a year ago and it was quite the booty woopin. It is true though that running with You is a joy, but I am not sure I can do it or have the time to put into training for that length of a race! (Also it cuts back on my eating bon bons on the couch time.)”
I pondered this marathon thing some more as I finished the run and came into my parent’s house. I went into the kitchen and my Dad strolled in and plopped a magazine down in front of me. “Thought you might want to read this,” he said. I picked it up and the headline read,
“Winner of the Boston Marathon gives tips for exercise and health”. Hmmmm. Coincidance? I think not.
My husband was in support of it. I bought a book and read up on the training schedule and I had enough time to train this summer. I emailed a marathon running friend about what would be the best one to do and asked if she thought I could do it, she said “The Portland Marathon is a great first one to do (so close to home!) And yes you could do it.” Check. Check. Check. All was a go. (“Okay God, you win.”)
I realize I go through a similar cycle with the Lord every time He asks me to step out in faith. I get scared. I get a little uneasy about doing something I have never done before. I give Him the reasons this was not in my plan and why I am not qualified/equipped/smart enough/talented enough to do what He is asking of me. I ask Him to confirm and confirm again.
And every time He gently confirms through others, His Word, an inner peace, and/or other “coincidances” that this is THE way for me.
He quiets my heart and says, “It will be okay. Do not be afraid. I will help you. I will be with you and lead you.”
And I realize “Yes” is the only real option. I think back to the “Yes’s in the past and they have brought me more life, joy, peace and purpose than I could have ever known. So I say “yes” to training to run a marathon this summer. Expectant for how God will do a work in me. Saying “yes” to Jesus is the only way to live. It is living real life.
What “first” is the Lord calling you into this season? Join me in training for a race this summer, or stepping out in a way that you believe God is directing you. Be brave. Be a faithful daughter. Be ready. Because good is up ahead!
© 2012 Standing on Peace