I awoke with all 15 children still sleeping. My husband had slept through his alarm for his long distance training. With the sun barely peeking over the horizon I seized my chance at an early morning run. Being last on the list (as I taught about last week, here) means I usually get the time slot for working out that no one wants…in the evening after all the kids are in bed. Toughest part about that time slot? Usually I am too wiped out to go…Best part? No sunscreen necessary!
BUT NOT TODAY! Today I slip on my sneakers and out into the “cool”(hear sarcasm, it’s already 85 degrees) of the morning…the sun is not yet beating me into the pavement, and I turn up my tunes as loud as they can go. I’m off.
Two and a half miles later my shaking hands and aching stomach willfully remind me that I forgot to grab any sort of snack before I left. Usually a banana and a cool cup of water will suffice, but now I was running on empty.
I had already “pre-cided”(decided ahead of time) that I was going to run 4.5 miles. And as I pushed through the last two miles, I came to understand an old scripture most of us are very familiar with in a new way…
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
I was hungry. And thirsty. And pushing through what should have been an easy workout for me all of a sudden felt overwhelming and impossible. I was out of fuel. Not only were my hands shaking but my mind was giving up easily. Thoughts of, “It doesn’t really matter…it’s not that important…it’s just one workout,” flooded my mind and made my feet feel even heavier.
The truth is we all hunger and thirst. Physically we are reminded several times daily to nourish our bodies. We most times walk to the fridge or into the pantry without even a conscious thought. And yet we can deny our spirits so easily the profound truth and nourishment of the fact that through faith in Christ, we are righteous in the sight of our Heavenly Father. If we forget to feed our mind, our spirit and our soul this simple meal of faith, our journey in our purpose will be exhausting and overwhelming. An easy, steady diet of righteousness through the atoning sacrifice of Christ is the most strengthening food there is. And we will finish the race marked out for us!