A place of peace

Photo courtesy of Transformer18 (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Transformer18 (Creative Commons)

Peaceful. I never thought I’d say I felt that way in the midst of the busyness of December, but I found a place of peace today.

To say I found it while running 10 miles probably won’t make sense to most people (except for my runner friends who are saying YES!). In fact, it was the second day in a row I ran 10 miles (first time ever and with a better time by 8 minutes the second day).

I suited up, plugged into worship music, and took off, expecting to struggle. It was perfect running weather – temperature around 50 and cloudy, not much wind. I let my mind go, and listened to the music, prayed, and reflected on the many blessings that I have been given, instead of all the things on my list to do.

First off, I am blessed to be Running Mom to Bennett, and get to honor him every day with my miles through a program called I Run 4. I am surrounded by the love and companionship of family and friends, both in person and online. I am privileged to serve two amazing organizations: I Run 4 and GraceWorks Ministries. I don’t have a lot, but I have enough.

I realized it felt like all the worries and stresses I’ve been overwhelmed with lately just flowed off me as I ran. It doesn’t mean that I don’t still have a lot to deal with, but I hope now I can come at it from a different direction – with a reliance on God and on letting Him lead me instead of me forging ahead on my own. I guess it took noticing all that He has given me to realize that He isn’t leaving me out here alone.

I hope during this season and beyond, you can find a place of peace. It may take looking in unusual places.