Since my last post about my running experiences, I have decided that I was going to run an 8k. I love to run but I am the queen of short and sweet. (kudos to all you forreal runners out there- do you boo!) I had never run anything above 3 and last Monday I knocked out a 4 mile run. I was PUMPED. An 8K though is about 5 miles. That one mile jump had me a little bit..nervous.
So I stalled all week long…and finally Friday morning came about and the rainy forecast was now replaced with cloudy so I had no excuses but to lace up and hit the pavement. The first mile was good, mile two was okay and then around 2.5…half way through…I got a terrible cramp in my stomach. I was discouraged. My pace had been strong and I was feeling good and now this stabbing pain in my side. So I thought- no worries I’ll pray it away. And I started calling on Jesus as I neared mile 3. CMON AND HEAL ME LORD! Any second now. God was going to show up and get rid of this cramp. And I could finish this run, easily with no pain! Coast right on back home…yep…any second now…
But He didn’t. He did not take my cramp away. In fact…I got another one on the other side of my stomach that was equally as painful. So I am nearing the 3.5 mile mark and I am in PAIN YALL. But I am still running…maintaining my pace determined to run this stupid five miles because I set the goal for myself and I had to achieve it. As I struggled up to mile 4, God revealed something to me as He always does in those dramatic moments of my not- so- long -but -feels- like- death runs.
There are times when He will take the cramps away and there are times when you will have to just push through them.
Pushing through is what builds endurance and perseverance. Its what makes us stronger. We will need that endurance and perseverance for those hard seasons of life.. the “where are you God?” seasons or the “is this trial over yet, Lord?” ones. We will have cramps, moments where we want to quit, painful moments when we just want to say I AM DONE, moments of doubt and unbelief. I have had those moments. I have screamed at Jesus in the shower and thrown my hands in the air in my war room with just utter frustration and despair.
He knows those moments will happen. We are human. But when He doesn’t take our roadblock, frustration or pain away, He is likely asking us to push through it. We have to keep running. He doesn’t always alleviate the ailment right when we ask because that there is a lesson in our struggle. Sometimes these life cramps are to humble us, sometimes they are to show us what we can do with God on our side when we don’t give up. And sometimes we don’t know or understand what they are for but we just have to have faith that its all working out. But either way…
Keep running, pushing and believing.
Because God is GOOD and He is FOR YOU. He does have your best interest at heart regardless of what you’re experiencing. Even if it seems like He is late to the crisis or is ignoring your current prayers. He sees you. Push through. He never said we wouldn’t face trouble or opposition or difficulties. But He promised He would be with us in the midst of it. (& by the grace of God, I made it through the run and completed the 5 miles. It was tough but I did it.) Whatever challenge or trial you’re facing, KEEP GOING. You can DO this and God IS with you.
James 1:12- Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Hebrews 6:11 – We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end, so that what you may hope for may be fully realized.
Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character; and character, hope.
My favorite post run meal is a breakfast quiche!!
I love this recipe because it is sort of a free for all. Do what you want with it and mix it up! This week I had peppers, mushrooms, bacon and cheese!
1 pillsbury pie crust- deep dish
1 tablespoon of water or milk
salt and pepper to taste
(other seasonings you may want depending on veggies used: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, parsley etc)
vegetables: I used onions, red, green, yellow peppers, mushrooms
cheese- I used cheddar but any cheese will work! I use about a handful or two of shredded cheese
Bacon- I normally use sausage but it was just a bacon sort of day. cook whatever meet you use BEFOREHAND and cut it up.
Add everything to a bowl- you can sauté the veggies beforehand if you want! pour it into the crust and bake on 350 for 40 mins or so or until you can put a knife in the center and it comes out clean.
Alternatives: sausage (maple sausage is a big favorite of mine), broccoli, avocado, mozzarella, tomato, spinach, sweet potatoes…kale..pretty much ANYTHING you want!