I am NOT a runner. As a matter of fact, I don't care for any cardio exercise. Ok, let's be honest I would rather not move at all (LOL). But if I have to (which at 36 I do) I prefer to lift weights or do some form of strength training. This morning's workout consisted mostly of running (thanks to Rick Hall). For me, there is only one good thing about running, jogging, and/or walking. I call it the zone. It's that moment when you push through the pain, forget about the discomfort, and listen. Listen to Him. If you are in the zone, it is a great time to hear from the Creator of the universe. And boy did he get me this morning! He got me good.....to the point of tears.
Does something ever happen in your life and you ask "why" or you worry about it until your stomach hurts? It can be the tiniest little thing to those HUGE life altering moments. Well, over the weekend I found out some sad news (Please don't text me and asked what it is. They asked me not to share - just yet). Nothing terrible like death or disease. Something that will be hard but I'm pretty sure we all will live through it. I immediately go into "Rae's big picture mode" and found myself questioning God about things or plans I thought I had; "what about this and what about that and what if this happens and I thought we'd do this and what if and what if and what if". When I first started running this morning, my mind was once again flooded by all of these questions. Then I took a deep breath and waited for it - the zone. I shut up and I listened. This is what I heard:
Why are you questioning me? Don't you know I've got this? Don't you know I have a plan? Haven't I always taken care of you? Haven't you heard your mother say - "All things work together for good for those that love Me" - a million times? I answered, Yes, yes, yes, and oh my gosh yes (A MILLION)! Then stop worrying about it. I'VE GOT YOU!
This got me y'all! I finished my workout in tears. Thank goodness Rick was exhausted and didn't notice! ;) Y'all know I hate to cry and it's even worse when someone sees me!
I came home and had to share. Of course I'm still crying but it's good tears. The kind when you've experienced His ZONE.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, and who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)