Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thoughts From the Treadmill

I have now entered the world of blogging. It is something that I have been meaning to do for a long time and is part of my new years resolution. For my first post I will give some incite into my blog title. It is more that just a metaphor of how I feel like my life can be at times. No matter how hard I work I am just running getting no where. There are days that feel like that. But it is a realization I this past summer. I has started working out at the YMCA and I was not feeling it on this day. I was late for my Yoga class and knew I needed to get a work out in because I was already there. My normal machines were full and the only treadmill open was the dreaded one at the front of the room where my backside would be front and center of where others were working out. I have never been a fan of the treadmills because to me there was no sense of accomplishment and how frustrating can it be to run and get no where? This day I started out walking and quickly got bored. I skipped through the IPod to some faster music and started running. I was trying to put out of my mind how silly I felt running and worried about what else was moving on my backside as I ran. I often work out to Christian music because my work out time is often the only time I can tune into the music and hear from God. On this day I was discourage and really hoping my workout would energize me and some song would come on that would divinely inspire me. I started running and as soon as it got difficult I was tempted to stop and just get off. Then this song came on and the words poured over my body and into my soul, watering it. "Into marvelous light I'm running, out of darkness out of shame....." The song came over me and I began running. I no longer cared about anyone or anything around me. It is the zone I need to get into and live the words of that song when I get down and discouraged. Life can be like a treadmill. No matter how hard I work and run I can't get anywhere. But life is a treadmill and God is the one guiding my moving my track. Sometimes I will be able to sprint, sometimes it is more like an uphill slow walk. All I have to do is not get off and keep walking.

Into marvelous light I'm running, Out of darkness, out of shame. By the cross you are the truth, You are the life, you are the way! I once was fatherless, a stranger with no hope; Your kindness wakened me, Awakened me, from my sleep Your love it beckons deeply, a call to come and die. By grace now I will come And take this life, take your life. Sin has lost it's power, death has lost it's sting. From the grave you've risen VICTORIOUSLY! Chorus Into marvelous light I'm running, Out of darkness, out of shame. By the cross you are the truth, You are the life, you are the way! My dead heart now is beating, My deepest stains now clean. Your breath fills up my lungs. Now I'm free. now I'm free! Lift my hands and spin around, See the light that I have found. Oh the marvelous light Marvelous light

Heb 12 :1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangels, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."


jennydiane said...

NOCONA!!! So glad that you have a BLOG!!! Welcome! I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures. I love you so much.

Foursons said...

Love the treadmill analogy!