Forty Days of Prayer March 9, 2013
For the second time during this Forty days of Prayer I ran a 15K (9.3 miles) this morning. My son who is quite the runner wanted to run in the national championship 15 K in Jacksonville this morning. It was a nice morning in Jacksonville and there were about 23,000 running in the race. The hardest part of the race was at about 7.5 miles we had to begin to climb and cross a major bridge of the St John’s river. So for about a mile we went uphill. Did you know Tampa has almost no hills? Climbing that man made hill I thought of this prayer from the book of Psalms.
I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1-3)
During the middle of that climb I have to confess that I had to walk for a few minutes. All I could think about during the climb was is this ever going to end, and saying Lord, get me to the top of this bridge. I think that is always the way it is in life when we get in difficult situations. We pray Lord get rid of this problem or situation. We remember how He has done what we call the impossible in the past. He made heaven and earth just like the Psalm above states. What the third verse promises there, is that He does not let your foot slip. I can tell you today I was climbing that hill so slow my feet were not slipping, but my left foot was sure starting to cramp. I also love the last promise there saying the Lord does not slumber meaning He is always watching out for you.
The best part of the hill was reaching the top and you could see a little under a mile away the Jacksonville football stadium. What was strange was you were looking down to the stadium and even down to the seats in the upper deck. That was where the finish line was. It was all downhill from there! Challenges in life have a way of doing this also. They give us perspective. So often we ponder and worry about the small things and then something big happens. Climbing hills and mountains in the scriptures is also a way of coming closer to God. I think that is because we stop and pray.
In Christ’s service, Pastor Dave
Dear Lord, help me in every struggle in life to call upon Your name. Give me perspective on all things so that I can see You in faith, and see ultimately where I will call home. Amen.
PS: My son Luke did an amazing time of 56:10, which is three straight 5 K’s under 19:00 which I never have been able to run one at that speed.