About a year ago, I had a big dream that started bubbling up in my mind. I wanted to run in a half marathon. For months, I babied that dream, read about other’s experiences, talked to friends, researched races and just dreamed. It seemed so big–to run (or run/walk) 13.1 miles.
Ok, to this girl who would do 3 miles and feel like she was dying, 13.1 seemed huge.
January came and I registered for the Disneyland Half. Then, I also registered for the 10K the day before–together they made the Dumbo Double Dare. That name just made it sound big. (Are you getting the theme here? BIG)
Then, one day in Sunday School, I was sharing this BIG thing with a friend when another person walked up and said, “Oh a half? It’s no big deal. You are healthy. You could actually just walk it today and finish.” A part of me got mad. How dare they take my really BIG thing and make it seem so…normal?
Fast forward. Two months before the race, I started encountering things which sidelined me for weeks at a time. However, I assured myself that in the cool California morning, I could do it. The morning of the race dawned at and 4am, it was 74 and very humid. (For distance running, that’s actually really hot.) I thought about pulling out. Those bubble bursting words flew back to me–”Oh, a half? It’s no big deal.”
As the miles flew by, I realized it was true. Even though I slowed down to respect the heat, it really wasn’t hard. In fact, when it was over, the lines for the busses were really long. It was a little over 2 miles to the hotel–no big deal. I decided to speed walk back. After a couple of minutes I thought, “it would be faster to just run.” I ran.
Ok, now there are some of you who right now are thinking I am flat out crazy. There are others who have gone on the same journey and you are nodding your heads thinking, “Yeah. After JUST a half, I would have run back too.”
As I ran, God spoke to me. ”See, girl. This is all just a head game. Nothing is impossible with me. You know, you do this with your spiritual life.”
Think about it. Do you remember how hard it used to be (or maybe still is) to go up to someone and share God’s love–or Gospel? Once you do it, you say, “Wow. That was easy.” In our minds, we make it seem so BIG, when in truth its what God created us for.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. John 15:16
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15
We know that God’s Spirit lives in us (1 Cor 3:16-17) and through Him, we can do all things (Phil 4:13). Why then, do we make things so BIG in our minds and eliminate things God asks us to do because they just seem so impossible?
We had dinner the other night with a friend who does Ultra Marathons (50ks and above). In other words, 31 miles–or just 4.8 miles more than a marathon–a little more than an extra 5K–basically just a warm up run. Do you see what I am doing here? I’m breaking it down so it seems…normal.
If we do that with our spiritual life, you will be amazed at where God will take you. Surround yourself with those who have done those BIG things–started a ministry, led a ministry, gone on mission trips or even someone who has prayed for someone else. Their stories will encourage you and affirm your mind that it’s–dare I say–EASY.
In school, I was never fast. I’m still not fast, but I am built to last and that is what the endurance distances are all about. God doesn’t ask for our excuses, He just asks for our willing heart. Come on guys, let’s ask God to put something BIG in our hearts and walk us through it until it becomes EASY. Then do it again. And again. And again…