I Feel Free

Have you ever reached that “mind like water” state where time disappears and you are just at peace?

I look forward all week to my long runs on Saturdays, because it’s a chance to challenge myself and run a different route from the same old route I run the other days.

Sometimes, my long runs are brutal – I get hot, thirsty, tired and unmotivated part of the way through and it’s difficult to make myself finish.

I wasn’t sure what to expect today.

I headed out early this morning, so it would still be cool. As I got going, I noticed the  rhythm of my feet on the sidewalk and my breathing, and I thought how peaceful the solitude was after a crowded week.

There was not much traffic. I only passed a couple of other people running or walking.

There were some clouds, so the sun rose gently, not jarringly bright, and the breeze was soft on my face.

I explored a new route, and saw a friendly deer (you can barely see her in the bottom left of the  picture), discovered some beautiful homes, and landscaped office complexes.

Time melted away. My only reminder was my running app that told me as I completed each mile.

After reading Andy Andrews’ ebook The Perfect Moment, I was paying attention. I was intentionally looking for a perfect moment. What a thrill to experience such a satisfying set of perfect moments. The run was incredible. I felt free and at peace.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Where have you felt at peace this week?