Running Together

The other day I went out to run stairs. It has been over a month of baking treats, eating sweets and  takeout. I have so enjoyed all those good things but now it’s definitely time to get back out! I knew I would be slow, I knew it would hurt a bit, I knew it might be ugly. But I went out. I like to run stairs because there’s a beginning and an end. I can count how many times I go up and down them. It makes me feel very accomplished even if I don’t get that many done. Well this particular time I was slow. And I mean slow. It has been weeks since I actually physically pushed myself due to all the adjustments in the house. So I was seriously lacking endurance! As I finished stair number five I received a text from my daughter. “I’ll meet you there soon” was all it said. Right away I noticed my pace began to quicken and my steps began to feel lighter. Each time I came to the top of the staircase I would look down the street to see if she was on her way. Each time I did not see her I would race back down the steps only to climb them once again. I knew she would get there, she always does. She’s reliable, consistent, and true to her word. When she says she will do something, she does. So I kept running stairs. I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway, because I knew she would be joining me soon. After what seemed like an eternity I saw her ponytail bouncing behind her as she ran towards me. My pace quickened even more as I finished that last round of stairs faster than I began. I did not realize how comforting it is to have someone you can depend on. I knew she would show up. She said she would. That knowledge kept me going. It made me try harder, run faster, do better. 

And although my dependable child won’t always be near me, God will. God promises us in his word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promises us he will be with us always. Hebrews 13:5 says “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. During times of uncertainty like the ones we are in now, it is so good to know I have a God I can depend on. It is so good to know that he will run every stair with me, be in every challenge with me, be in every joy with me as well. Because we have a God we can depend on. And that makes it all worth it!

May you know today that God is dependable, constant, and true. He promises to be with us. We can be comforted today knowing that through all the hills we climb and challenges we face, God is with us. 

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