what I learned today on the running trail

Have you ever noticed how a hilly and wooded trail is such a picture of life? There are ups and downs, twists and turns, closed in spaces and an opening up to a spectacular vista of expansive waterfront. (Sorry! That would be the most magnificent trail that I have the privilege of running! I do hope that you can one day kick up some dust there!)A7v99RcCMAAo8nO.jpg-large

Today’s run taught me many lessons about the ease with which we should be living life. The trail is clearly marked and that reminds me of God’s Word being “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Even though the wind blows hard in the open fields, there is shelter on the path, a quiet hush as the forest seems to absorb the strong winds. Likewise, the Father invites us into His shelter where He promises rest under the shadow of His wing. (Psalm 91:1).

Oftentimes, the field of vision is small due to the change of direction of the trail. In those places, there is little to see but green all around, or, in the winter season, a barren landscape is all the eyes take in. Don’t we experience the same in life? We know what it is like to move forward with little understanding of what lies ahead. Sometimes we can do that with great confidence, but other seasons leave us wondering if we’ll ever escape the barren places of the soul. We wait for a turn in the path and a fresh view. That’s why this journey is one of faith- we live “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith in God and in the redemption we have in the Son, Jesus, assures us that there are better days ahead.

An important truth to learn from the trail is found in the mere fact of its existence. It is a trail that was planned, measured and designed for people to walk upon and follow. An architect made this trail. He made sure that it is clear of trees, stumps and snares. Do we understand that God, the ultimate Architect, also created a pathway for life designed for us to run without hinderance? The trail for living free of entanglement to sin is Jesus Christ. The Bible affirms it with Jesus’ words, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

I do hope that you are already on this path with Christ. If you are, then you know there are still challenging hills to climb and unexpected twists and turns. But the beauty of this trail is knowing that the Designer has laid it all out with the foreknowledge of our utter delight when the narrow field of vision opens to a wondrous scene of His glory, full of more detail than our minds can even comprehend. When you call upon Jesus, Friend, He runs the entire distance with you; you are never alone. So know that all the challenges and times of little understanding will bring a great reward if you remain on the path. The Bible states that in all parts of the journey {the ups, the downs, the twists, the turns, the barren seasons} “God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28).

Stay on the Pathway to Life and enjoy the journey!

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