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When I was out for my morning run on Saturday, I was working to improve both my endurance and speed. Endurance requires the ability to relax into a rhythm, while speed improves through pushing limits a little at a time. I found myself thinking, “It can be such a challenge, telling my body to speed up and relax at the same time.”
I laughed at how absurd that sounded but then realized THAT is why I love running. The moment when my mind and body is perfectly in sync; speed and endurance are balanced so I know I am progressing toward my goal at the precise rate that also allows my body to relax into a steady cadence of energy. It’s the moment I am not going so fast as to burn out long before my destination; neither am I so relaxed that I dishonor my training and ability to be challenged.
Then God showed me why I love those moments in my run. It’s because it is so much like the peace I have in Him when I live my life according to His balance for me. There are seasons I rush ahead in busyness, surrounded by to-dos and the pace of outside pressures. I burnout quickly during these times. There are also seasons I find myself slothful and lacking diligence in my work and I miss out on the blessings of doing His will.
God has shown me the most abundant life is one lived in faithful diligence to my calling, while relaxing in Him. I am to balance priorities and progress with His desire to minister peace to me; His peace brings rest, energy, strength, and healing…whatever I need for the season I am in. My rest in Him carries me through my race.