A post by Mark Bradley
Geoff encouraged us to keep running in his message last Sunday.
Firstly, I must confess.... I am not a very good runner !
Sometimes I see runners and am in awe that they almost seem to glide along their path, with what appears to be minimal effort, and don’t even look like the are breaking a sweat. At the other end of this picture of perfection, is me ! I looked up the definition of ‘lollop’ and it says (move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds) which sums my efforts up almost perfectly. Yet.... I’m running.
Since the lock down, I felt the need to get outdoors and run. I’ve started slowly and started to increase my distances, routes and terrain. I know it’s good for my physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
I’ll confess, at times, I’ve felt like giving up but I’ve tried to keep going, with the exception of the other day that is, when a new blister literally stopped me in my tracks. Just before this small set back, as I was running, I became very aware my gaze was fixed firm on the path I was on. I lifted my head and turned my focus to take in the beauty of my surroundings as I ran through Saltram. I saw the sun shimmering on the water, clear blue skies, and tree after tree with the most beautiful and vast colours of greens. I was surrounded by all that God had made, yet, as my focus was on the path, I was missing this amazing canvas of creation.
I’m aware at times over the past weeks, my focus has been fixed on the wrong things. We are in a season of great uncertainty and it’s easy for our time and attention to be on the wrong things. This may be worry around finances, health, employment or family to name but a few. It says in 1 Peter 5 ‘cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you’. He has His attention on every part of your life as He cares so deeply for you. As we navigate through these next days and weeks I’d encourage you to lift your head, turn your gaze to him, take in the view, enjoy your journey and the blessings He has for you.
Hebrews 12 vs 1 -2 ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith’.