Colin's Wise Wednesday - 5th June 2019

 “Run Forrest run”. Not quite at Forrest Gump level but Lyn and I walk 3 times a week and the other day we tried a new route. The first part of our “journey” was great all level with a few downhill’s then came the crunch….at the end a “massive” (ha ha) uphill quite unexpected.  This reminded me of life, we go along merrily and suddenly we hit an uphill.   Are we prepared for the unexpected events in our life?  I believe a daily walk with God is the best preparation for those mountains.

During my 30 year running career God assisted me along that journey helping me cope with the unexpected.  Bear with me as I tell you my Comrades tales.

My first Comrades was in my mid-twenties. I had done far too little training to run 90 km and 3 days before the race I went on a slow jog just to keep the muscles loose, as the experts recommended, but I got more than I bargained for as I was bitten by a dog.  With blood running down my leg and tears streaming down my cheeks thinking my Comrades dream was gone,  I limped to the doctor . After some persuasion not to stitch me, he injected me and dressed the wound. I was extremely despondent and wondered what to do.  In desperation I knelt at our bedside and opened my Bible randomly. It opened at Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…..they will run and not get weary”. This lifted my spirits and I left for Durban to run the race. While I knew I would do my very best in this situation the difference now was that I would not only trust my best but also trust in the Lords promise. What a difference this brought to my inner being and I completed the race.   

I ran my second Comrades in my early forties. While on a training run a passerby in a delivery vehicle threw an orange at me hitting me in the chest. I was man down, battling to breathe and back to the Doc I went but fortunately there was only bruising and no damaged ribs and I could run the race. In the last part of the race, in the heat of the day,  I was mugged but all the guy managed to grab  was my hat and as I was stumbling I managed to keep hold of my prescription glasses.   So here I was, this red head running without a hat - not a good idea, but thanks be to God, He got me through it.

I think these instances make me realize that in the troughs of life, which we all have, God is with us although we often only realize it once we are back on ‘level’ ground.  If my 2 comrades experiences were normal runs without the drama I probably would have taken all the credit, but I know that God was my second, running term for your helper who supplies you with your needs and ongoing encouragement as you run your race.  God supported and encouraged me every stride along the way.

We can’t exclude all the “up hills” and the unexpected events in our lives but we can take heart from  what  Jesus said to Paul in Corinthians 12:9  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness”.

Let’s Pray.  To You be the glory great things You have done. Please God help me to reflect your glory at all times and keep none for my selfish ego. Your grace is enough, Your grace is more than enough. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

God Bless ~ Lyn & Colin.

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