Hope & Encouragement

Running, Walking, Crawling into 2021

I have a confession to make…I am a runner. There is no better feeling than lacing up my sneakers, pushing play on my running playlist, stretching, and taking the first strides. I love feeling of my muscles waking up, my feet hitting the pavement, and losing myself in the rhythm of my body. Over the years, I have taken friends along the journey of learning to love it as much as I do. While I enjoy the company, for me, there is nothing like getting lost in my thoughts and the scenery of the world around me during a run. 

However, there are times when I can run, only walk, or barely crawl, due to injury, weather, or the dreaded ‘dead legs’. The same is true for my walk in faith. As I think about welcoming in 2021, I have to ask myself, “Am I running, walking, or crawling into 2021?”

For me, I think it’s a little bit of all of the above. Personally, I am ready to run into the blessings God will provide in 2021, But, I am ready to walk gingerly into 2021 (because…2020), and crawl on my knees praying for God to provide wisdom and clarity. 

This year has been like no other. I have spent most of the year moving through feelings of pure joy to lamenting. Between the blessings of time, home, opportunities, friendships, and family to the lamenting about the pandemic, politics, social injustice, loss of life, isolation, etc., there has only been one constant for me…God. 

Although I may not understand (or want to understand), I know God is working in my life to show me that my prayers will be answered. He is protecting me from attacks unbeknown to me and ones I fight on a regular basis. And God is providing people who surround me and set me up to succeed in my calling and in life. 

As I prepare to lace up my sneakers for yet another morning run, I am sure of one thing for 2021…whether I am running, walking, or crawling, it will always be towards God. 

Happy New Year and God Bless!

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