"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Special Bond

You, your feet and the path.  It struck me this past week while running a stretch of Texas state highway. Included as one of the many unique experiences that running provides, is how it allows you to appreciate the varied characteristics in the ground that you travel.  Each crack in the pavement, every root along the trail, and even the miles of smooth green way, that you tend to see through inch by inch increments. They all become part of us.

As I was making my way along 7 miles of lone star asphalt, I started thinking about each foot strike.  How we literally see more ground as runners than most others. Hopefully that provides an appreciation for our environment and our responsibility for taking care of God’s creation. That said, my thoughts on this day were actually more focused on life’s journey, than on recycling and sustainability. (I’ll save the earth day post for another day.)

So, I concluded that there is a certain pleasure that comes from this awareness.  Whether it’s in thinking through the route of that regular Saturday morning run. The one that is etched in your mind, to the point that even now you can trace it and actually feel every step.  Able to visualize the turns, the low spots, the curbs, the special present that the same dog leaves each day.   Or, it’s the feeling of taking your run onto a new path.  How alert your senses become around the unknown. When cars and bikes pass by, only you have noticed, whatever it is you are noticing.

To put this thought another way; you might not stop and smell the roses, but I bet you know what color they are and maybe even if they need watering. Enjoy the run.

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