I have a love/hate relationship with running (actually I have more hate than love) but running has become more than just an activity to stay in shape. Running has become my quiet place. Although my body is in full motion, ironically it causes my mind to be still. Maybe the real reason is because my brain isn’t getting enough oxygen but as my body sets into a rhythm my mind seems to follow.
Justin and I have such a burden to see not just restoration of marriages but also restoration for all relationships especially in their relationship with God. The burden can feel so overwhelming at times I end up doing a lot more talking to God than I do listening. It’s often times during my runs my mind is almost quiet enough to listen to what God has to say and lately this is what he has been saying.
Isaiah 1:17 (NLT)
Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows
Honestly this wasn’t a feel good moment for me. My thought was more like “I’m already taking on so much God! Where’s the “you’re doing great kid so take a long break” scripture at?” I found myself once again talking to God rather than listening. The past two weeks my runs have felt more intense as I prepare to run a half-marathon this Sunday.
But this is no ordinary race. This half-marathon takes place at Disney World in Orlando Florida! But it’s not Disney that makes this race special but rather whom I am running the race for. When I finally stopped talking and actually listened to God I realized he isn’t asking me to do more he’s simply asking me to act.
He’s asking me to do, seek, help, defend and fight with a purpose but the outcome of my actions is up to him.
This Sunday along with my sweet friend Carmen Brown in partnership with Abolition International founded by Natalie Grant we will be running for those who are not yet free to run. Those who are enslaved and sex trafficked all across the world. With each step I take I pray that the world will want to do, seek, help, defend and fight too!
Maybe for you today Jesus is asking you to…
Do what you know he has placed in your heart
Seek reconciliation with a spouse, a parent, sibling or friend
Defend your family by going first to get help from a counselor or pastor
Fight for redemption and reconciliation with those you love and with God
God isn’t looking for you to be perfect. He’s simply asking you act. You will have to choose to be set free.
If you would like to partner with me along with Teem Freedom to help those who are not free to run… YET you can go HERE.