Just Keep Running
by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
As all of our faithful followers know, we held the 2013 Set Me Free Run this past Saturday. We had an amazing turn out with an incredible group of runners and walkers. And to top it off, the weather couldn't have been more beautiful! It truly was a perfect day in every way.
As fortunate as we were on Saturday, I couldn't help but think how easily things could have been different. After all, it's July in Nebraska. Instead of temperatures in the 60s, we could have been working in 90-plus degree weather with sky-high humidity. And had that been the case, we still would have been out there, preparing for the race and cheering on all of the walkers and runners. It would have been the same story for the participants that day. In order to finish the race, they would have had to push through heat and humidity just as they did the cool, crisp air.
And, as my Aunt Evelyn would have said, such is life. Sometimes life is kind, and things seem to go my way. There are days when I feel like God is just smiling down on me. On those days, it's easy to count my blessings. It's easy to run the race, so to speak, when my kids are getting along, my house is all in order, and I don't have an editing deadline breathing down my neck.
And then there are days when … well, when that's not quite the case. Sometimes life is anything but kind, and things seem to be falling apart at the seams. On those days, it's harder–sometimes even seemingly impossible–to view anything as a blessing. No, on those days, I feel cursed. Those are the days when my children are at each other's throats, the dust bunnies are taking over the house, the piles of laundry have turned into mountains, and I have more work to do than there are hours in the day.
And, yet, as much as I'd like to, I can't throw my hands up in the air and call a truce with life. I can't walk away from everything and give up. I have to press on, because that's what I've been called to do. In fact, that's what we're all called to do.
But I have some good news for you, because there is help out there for us on even our most weary of days. All we have to do call on the name of Jesus, and He will help us through. God promises us in His Word that He will give us the strength to carry on, even when we feel like calling it quits. Isaiah 40:31 tells us: "But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."
So whether you're having a day when you're on top of the world or one when you feel like you're in the deepest and darkest of pits, call out to Him. Lean on Him, and He will give you strength. In the words of Nemo's friend Dory, just keep swimming … er, I mean running.