And the day God breathed upon your still life, stirring into being the green leaf and the flower, bud upon the branch and light
upon your soul. Here you felt the earth’s air on your petals and your leaves, and squinted into sunlight, gazing high for heaven
until you felt the gardener’s hand gently turning soil and soul, and nurturing you, bud in radiant sun.
Cascading rain absorbed in warm earth turning, heaven of fragrance. What is that sound in the wind and dazzling light?
Oh, the sweet sound of your delight in God. Sometimes it is like the sound of running laughter.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Backside of Frustration

I suppose you’ve noticed by now that not everything flows according to plan. As in any training and preparation circumstances arise that cause us to change course. Planned runs are set aside in the face of falling temperatures, other’s schedules regularly derailing our own, and the myriad life traffic seems to work at frustrating our progress. This can deflate any spirit. But there is another face to all of this. On the backside of these events is a clear signature of the author involved. What’s this? Ah, the very Author of Life itself and all that is within this world. It is the Lord Himself. And here I find sweet consolation. When I’ve done my best to go forward and “be there” even in the face of challenges and frustrations, I can rest in the confidence that a Sovereign God is ruling over all. It will be ok. Plans are – well, just plans, after all. He can work with this jar of clay, this bit of dust. He can and will carry me forward. And above all, His purposes will be achieved. It has never been about us; not about our running or our race. Rather it has been and always will be about His running and His race. What has He set before us today? That is the central question. Today we run the race that He has set before us. Come along, run with me. It is a good day.

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