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The Runner

Dark stretched a canvas of quiet over the hills
Except the crickets chirping in random
Or unison? I can’t decide as I make my way
The humidity hits me like the breath
Of an unknown assailant, but I won’t stop
A point fixed in my mind, I make way again
Body and strength seemingly conspiring
To halt what I decided and reach for
Sweetly and slowly, pastel light falls
On fertile fields and dusty roads
It gathers up the dark as shadows bend to escape,
Trying to remain where there is no use for darkness
In such a place where morning has come
And I breathe it in
Hope hits gravel and dust turns to courage
Peace spills into fields with wave after wave
And I breathe it in
Not as what was
Not as whatever it shall be
But as it is now—refuge for a runner
I breathe it in


For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. –2 Timothy 2:11-13

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… –Hebrews 12:1

Justice will rule in the wilderness
and righteousness in the fertile field.
And this righteousness will bring peace.
Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. –Isaiah 32:16-17

Simple message today to you and me:

Don’t give up. Grace enables you to run. No matter the circumstances or situations, how it looks or what it feels like, God has made you to endure and find joy in the midst of this journey. The end He has determined will not simply be a finish line, but a place of reigning with Him. Hold on to what He’s given you, what He’s promised, and the beauty of His voice.

Breathe it in.

What do you think? Are you struggling today? Are you encouraged to endure?

Expressing my poetic side with a Warrior Poet Circle post.


  1. One foot in front of the other. One moment at a time. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with this week’s deadlines. Thanks for this reminder to just keep doing right now. Breathe. Aah. Blessings.
    Deb Wolf recently posted..14 Ways to Replace Fear with Courage and Strength -- Part 1My Profile

    • I’m glad someone besides me needed the encouragement, Deb! Thanks. May you find His blessings and wisdom to meet all the challenges.

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