Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this [giving thanks] is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
There’s a song I love called “Even If” and when I hear it, I think of this scripture. Give thanks in all circumstances, for THIS [giving thanks] is God’s will for you. The chorus of the song goes:
I know You’re able and I know You can Save through the fire with Your mighty hand But even if You don’t My hope is You alone I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt Would all go away if You’d just say the word But even if You don’t My hope is You alone
Is this your testimony today? Maybe you have a lot going on at once. Maybe you still have some prayers you haven’t seen come to pass YET. Maybe there’s an illness that hasn’t been reported healed…
I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.
Psalms 123:1-2 NIVUK
I am drawing MUCHO lessons on the living with mental illness or disability or family pain from this story of marathons:
##stopping to refuel
##Coping with your mental “game” being the prima facia case
##The blessing of experience
##The amplified blessedness of having a running partner
My brother in law, Gearard, and I embarked on our latest long run yesterday in preparation for the Belfast Marathon in May. This time we stepped the distance up to 15 miles, our longest effort yet. It was chilly but thankfully dry as we set off on the first of several loops round the village, well wrapped up to ward off the icy wind. This will be Gearard’s first marathon and my tenth.
Long distance training runs are as much mental as physical and I always find the first few miles the hardest as you dubiously eye up the road in front of you. No matter how many times I set off on such a run I always experience the same emotions. Anxiety and a sense of hopelessness, convinced this will be the time I’m caught out and shown up for the running fraud I truly am.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45 NIVUK