I forget how much I really enjoy running until I walk out my front door. This morning, I decided that I would start my day with a little cardio. It was entirely delightful. The leaves crackled with each step I took and the crisp breeze carried the autumn aroma that everybody wishes could last for all four seasons. Today on my run, I encountered many hills of all sizes and lengths. Excitement, (yes, excitement) came over me when I approached the inclines. Let me explain. I can run for a while, no big deal. However, it is much more difficult running at an incline. Why was I excited? Because I KNEW it was going to push me and reveal to me how out of shape I actually am (no, but seriously) and what I need to work on.
It is the same in our spiritual race that God has called His children to run. Trials, or hills, in our lives are mirrors that God puts up to reveal to us what does not look like Him and to push us to press on through the One who gives us strength. God has a different calling for each one of us. Whether it be single, married, a certain job, etc., God has called YOU to be fruitful and to be a facilitator of His love and grace where you are.
Being completely transparent, this is an area of struggle for me. How I view my hills on my run looks differently than how I view my “life” hills. I ask desperately moment after moment, day after day, if God would release me from the trials and move me into the next season of life, whatever that looks like. God has created all of us with emotions. It is completely alright to vent, shed tears, grit, and in some cases, be depressed. However, there comes a time where we have to get back up. Whether that be taking a break from “life” and going on a run, leaving town, changing up the pace a bit, simply enjoying and resting in the arms of your Creator. Your life is designed by God and will look differently than lives all around you. I love how Beth Moore says it,
“No one else can fulfill your calling. Other people can do what you’ve been called to do but, child of God, they cannot be YOU doing it. That’s what makes your footprint here unique. What you have been called by God to do is beyond your natural abilities, skills, and talents.”
That hits it right on the head. WE ARE CALLED. We WILL encounter hills while we are fulfilling our calling. It is a guarantee. It is all about changing our thinking when we are faced with hills. Changing our thoughts to that of excitement rather than negativity and frustration. The glass is half full and I like hills.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out to Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward –to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
(Phil. 3:12-14 The Message)
Children of the Day-Beth Moore