For the past month and a half, I (Jerrah) have been training for this worldwide event called Tough Mudder. If you’ve never heard of it, simply think of running 10-12 miles while stopping every half- mile or so to jump over a 12 foot wall, or swim though a bin full of ice water, or better yet, run though a series of hanging wires that pump 10,000 volts of electricity into your body. Why would a person put themselves through something so torturous? Well- because their crazy! Hello. I’m Jerrah. Nice to meet you. But this is not what this post is about. It’s more about a well deserved lesson learned during my training.
The last few months have been riddled with lessons from the Lord, but one lesson has been my focus for some time now. The presence of God is so important in our walks with him and in order to understand it one must host it on a regular basis. Practice makes perfect right? One day I thought to myself, “Why not try it even while I train?” My training calls for me to run……a lot. I have no choice but to get out there and do it since I already signed up for this competition and paid my money for it! One day while running and feeling exhausted, I spoke to Jesus in a faint way that I knew would call for Him to respond.
“Lord, run with me.”
This was my attempt to host his presence while gaining new strength from him to finish my course. An answer was impressed upon me that I didn’t expect.
“Run with YOU?”
Even though I continued to run, it was like everything stopped.
“No, you have it all wrong. YOU run with ME.”
Then it dawned on me. The more and more I try to make things happen in my own strength, the more and more I tell Jesus to run with me. The day I said that, I learned that it is not as if it’s my personal qualities that make or break my goals in life or my relationship with him, but rather it’s his perfect attributes that make it so I don’t have to use my own strength to accomplish anything in this life. It’s true that we as Christ Followers are called to run our own race. It is, however, meant to be ran with and through Him; using his strength to complete any task He gives us.