So I started running a couple months ago… trying to get fit ya know… lose that belly fat from all that food that I’ve been eating… (as you can tell….from the food section) Got out of all the injuries and sickness that I’ve been having and now time to get ripped with no change in my diet but exercising more… let’s see if that works. Some say it won’t work and some say it will never work. Ha!
Nike run club. Every Mondays – well I try to go every Mondays… signed up and ran in the 5KM – 5.30 min/KM. Struggling quite hard and falling back from my group and all…so far after 5 runs my PB is 5.53 min per KM. But that’s not what I’m trying to talk to you all about….I want to talk to you about the message that I got from God by running. Yes. You read right. God speaking to me while I’m running… how is that even possible? I. Have. No. Idea. That’s how God works… He speaks to anyone in every aspect, moment, environment and you name it, He can do it all especially at the weirdest times…
So what did He speak to me about? How does speak to me? Is it a loud voice with the heavens opening up? Or did a spirit control someone else’s body? Morgan Freeman? What?!
He didn’t do all that.. it was from the mental side and experiences of running long distances. You know when sometimes you talk to yourself or you think you hear voices or you have ideas or thoughts that came out of nowhere… it’s pretty much a combination of all… revelations and thoughts that I would never think of or have any ideas or answers… but I got it… bible verses popping in my head like candy. Dropping rhymes and dimes.. You. Name. It!
When you haven’t ran or played sport for a very long time, you’re unfit. BOOM! True story… I came up to the 3KM mark and I am dead.. like my legs feel tired already, like mum’s spaghetti (Ohhhh…killem), running out of breath and all I want to do is stop, lock and pop.. no seriously…all I want to do is stop running and walk.. simpler terms.. give up. Why? It was just tiring.. and was it worth to finish the race? No… did it mean anything?…. No… And this is how it all unravels.
My mind is telling me noooo but my boddyyy… no it did not go like that… my mind told me that I could not finish the race, body is telling me no, but deep down inside I don’t want to stop, I don’t want to give up, I want to finish the race cause I know that if I start walking it would be twice as hard to get back into the running motion once again.
Doesn’t that sound very familiar? Being a Christian, we are all running in a race or even a marathon until the end of days… a race that is freaking tiring, sore, getting stitches along the way, losing breath and the list goes on and on. The easiest way out is to give up.. no doubt.
What I found is that if you keep running during the time when you really really want to give up… the tiredness and soreness disappears… no joke! Your legs feels lighter and you can start breathing once again. I have been told that state is called ‘the wall’. Once you get over that state of tiredness everything becomes easier…
Whatever situation you are in, it might be toughest season of your life, you could be in ‘the wall’ state of your Christian race… keep running even when your body is telling you no… it will get easier as you progress and push through! All the troubles, issues and challenges in your life will start to become smaller. The more you run the more you will get used to the situation and that will become an experience. That experience will become your teacher knowing that you have been there, done that. That means you can go through it all again with more knowledge and wisdom in the future. Knowing you can finish that race without stopping any more. Some day you could look back into your life knowing that you have conquered all the issues of your Christian walk because you kept running pass ‘the wall’ state.
The most important revelation for me is that once you overcome a challenge that challenge is no longer a challenge.. therefore the enemy can no longer take you down no more! Even if they do try with newer challenges, always remember ‘the wall’ state and keep going… they cannot stop you as you pass that stage and momentum will start to come… you will keep running and running and running…
I am not a pastor nor a preacher… just a guy that loves Jesus. All I want is to share my revelation of my Christian walk (or in this context run) and leave you with a couple of verses. Hopefully these verses will trigger some sort of your own revelation from God in your current situation and in your life as it had in mine. Let it flow, let is speak to you, let it ask questions. Maybe a change of thought from ‘I don’t believe in Jesus’ to ‘Is Jesus real?’ One small step at a time. Blessings.
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
2 John 1:8
Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.