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Running (Not) Scared

It’s been especially hot this summer in Oklahoma with ridiculous humidity. I like to run (well, combo of run and walk), and though I’ve used the track at our local YMCA, I prefer to do this outside.

Even if I go as early in the morning as I can practically muster with everyone’s schedules, it can still be between 75-85 degrees F. Did I mention it’s crazy humid too?

This is why I run more in and around our immediate neighborhood. There are places of shade to block the sun and cool it down even a little.

As I said, I run for a while then walk a little. I noticed a subtle pattern emerging that if there are long patches of unshaded road, I’ll run those and I wait to walk until I hit the shade again so as to maximize the cooling factor.

I thought that was a little funny I was slightly unconsciously doing this, but then I realized that many times in my life when I encounter the heat, I do the opposite.

I picture myself going along and then boom! the heat comes and I lay down in the road saying, “Oh no, why is this happening! What did I do to deserve this?”

And instead of moving forward, I’ve stopped all progress.

His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm. —Psalm 91:4 (Passion)

Moments and seasons of “fire” and difficulty surely come, but you do get the opportunity and have the responsibility to respond accordingly.

Instead of dropping everything and questioning God, life, or whatever else. Run to the shelter of His wings.

As the old adage says, “If you’re going through hell—keep going!”

Some of that heat is simply issues of life. Some is the enemy. Some is the refining fire of God. Some may be because of choices you made. No matter what it is, you can still run to your Abba, your Dad.

All who are oppressed may come to you as a shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place. —Psalm 9:9

Don’t get distracted by the heat. Don’t waste your energy contemplating your oppression. Run all the faster to His loving embrace.

That is the hope, the privilege, of every child of the King.

What are your thoughts on this? How do you maintain your focus when things heat up?

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