I seem to talk about running a lot, but it’s where God speaks to me so often……
One day while running, I saw myself running a long-distance race. It was one of those 100 mile races where often the runners are running completely alone for long stretches. During those races they have people called “pacers”. Those are individuals whose sole purpose is to meet one of the runners in a stretch and for the next few miles they provide companionship and a good pace to run. Anyone who runs much knows how truly valuable this would be on so many different levels.
Life feels like a long-distance race to me so often. I am often alone and searching out God’s heart in the secret place. I worship alone mostly, and I love it, but sometimes I yearn for companionship. It seems at just those moments, God will draw someone to run alongside me for a stretch.
When we first moved up North it was hard because we didn’t know anyone, but over time I began to meet people who I really love, but still I longed for someone to worship with. Out of the blue one day, I met my heart friend Laurel and we were kindred spirits from the start. She’s a truly free spirit, so she travels and lives abroad frequently, but I know when we are together we will worship and talk about the deep things and it’s like water to my soul. She understands me on a level that is so important to my heart. I now have other friends who understand different parts of me and fill other places in my heart, each at the exact time I need.
While running this marathon of life, we must find people who can encourage us. And people whom we will encourage and pour into. We were created to fellowship.
We weren’t meant to run alone all our days. We were made to grow with others.
My question for you this morning is. Are you allowing others to run alongside you when needed? Have you shut yourself off from the world because of hurt and perceived rejection? I offer you an invitation to relationship today. God has created you to walk with a group. To fellowship. Are there people God has been nudging you to reach out to and connect with? If so, make a move today. Have you shut yourself off and said “Nobody understands me.” I understand that feeling. I’ve felt it many times, but it’s simply not true. Ask God to open your eyes to friendship around you. Then follow His lead in pursuing that. If you follow His prompting and leading even in friendships, you will find fulfillment like never before. Today is your day! Will you do it?!
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Corinthians 9:24
I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31