Monday, February 10, 2014

Running through the Dark

"While others run fast, 
you can just shuffle with perseverance...
While others stop for the dark, 
you can run through the dark.
The race is won by those 
who keep running through the dark."
Ann Voscamp

I love analogies involving running.
as I have been running for many years.
I love how it relates to life.
There have been times, many of them, 
that I just flat-out ran fast.
Everyone has these times: 
everyone needs something from you,
the days are a blur and all run together,
the only thing you know is to run faster.

There have been times, a few of them,
that I just took myself out of the race.
Everyone has these times too:
you are overwhelmed and exhausted,
you are fearful and a bit hopeless,
the only thing you know is to retreat.

Those are opposite ends of the race
we call life and we have all done both.
But running super fast is exhausting
and retreating can be dangerous.
They can both lead to quitting.
Life really is about persevering
and being willing to keep running
even when the road is dark.
Honestly, running isn't even necessary.
Walking works too.
Sometimes it's all we got.

They who wait for the Lord 
shall renew their strength...
they shall run and not be weary; 
they shall walk and not faint.
Is 40:31

Darkness is temporary,
whether it lasts an hour or a season.
If I stop, the darkness remains
and forward momentum ends.
It doesn't have to look heroic;
it doesn't even have to look pretty.
It just has be an acknowledgement that
He has trained me for this moment and
He is ever running with me.

Light will always overcome darkness.
Some days, I light a candle to
remind myself that it doesn't take much.
A little flicker of light extinguishes darkness.
It is never true the other way around.
So I keep running even if it seems dark.
His light will make a way.
For thou wilt light my candle:
the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

He is infinitely good and doing
infinitely more than I can ask or imagine.
My eyes are adjusting and I can
see His eyes beckoning me forward.
Why would I stop now?

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