Runs Like a Deer
I love the Fourth of July!!
It’s my favorite gathering of family and friends all year, next to Christmas.
But first thing this morning, I got to see the best fireworks display I’ll see all day:
I love sunrises. I should see them more often. 😉
I’m back to running (truly running, not just walking).
I dragged myself out of bed this morning and headed out the door, feeling groggy and reluctant…
pressed “record route” on the MapMyRun app and started walking…
And the first lyrics poured out of my iTunes shuffle…
“When you see the road ahead
That you’ve been down before…”
So we started this run just like the last one I wrote about:
He is here. He sees me, He hears my thoughts.
“With your feet on the ground, your head in the clouds…
Open up your eyes…
You’ve got to rise up, rise up…”
(full song at the end of the post)
I need a kick to get out of bed most mornings, and I’ve been trying caffeine. Everybody drinks coffee, I know… but I rarely take any medicines, and I’m reluctant to take even vitamins. I’m approaching 40 like a freight train, though, and I’m desperate to figure out how to get this tired body moving in the mornings. So caffeine it is.
This morning I was worrying about all this, when as little as 100mg made my heart race.
Next song on the playlist…
“I’m smellin’ coffee, birds are singin’ just outside
Here comes Your mercy streamin’ in with the morning light
My heart is racin’, wakin’ up to Your smile
It’s a good mornin’, good mornin’”
I don’t know how God feels about caffeine, but… He reads my thoughts.
There were no snails or turtles on my route this time, but there were a million frogs singing by the marsh — plus a cheerful hello from a neighboring farmer.
And just like last time…
“God kept speaking, verse after verse from His complete Word, which is always available and never coincidental.”
This time, the verses took a different turn, a gentle reminder for me:
“They speak visions from their own minds…” (Jeremiah 23:16)
“They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name… Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.” (Jeremiah 23:27-28)
“…the LORD… said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth.'” (Jeremiah 1:9)
“…if I say, ‘I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,’
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9)
“…do not believe every spirit…
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…” (1 John 4:1-3)
“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
I am meant to be connected to God, in a living relationship. I’m meant to hear and recognize God’s voice. But without His Word in me, I can get sidetracked with these coincidences, dreams, and “visions.”
— I can be falsely optimistic, ignoring the “bad news” when my life is taking an unhealthy course (and I may not even realize it).
— I can be falsely pessimistic, forgetting the “good news” that Jesus’ clean slate is credited to me, when I ask for it.
The truth comes clear only when “His Word is in my heart like a fire.”
“His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.” (Hebrews 4:12, Message)
“There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17, Message)
On my previous walk, I was being obstinately sluggish, and I ran across several snails and a turtle. Coincidental? Maybe! But I don’t really think so.
I think God loves to speak in coincidences, dreams, and images that He puts in our minds. He just wants His Word to be the overwhelming measure of whether something is from Him or not — flooding my mind until that is what has to come out.
All these thoughts were coursing through my mind — along with the endorphins from a good run, and a bit of caffeine… I was feeling pretty good…
Sorry — my iPhone doesn’t zoom in for shots like this very well, and I wasn’t able to carry this “snail” home to take better pictures with my camera!
It’s true — today I was as swift as a deer — as long as the deer is clipping along at about 4.6 miles an hour!
Poor Jack. This was way too much temptation for him.
No worries, though. Jack was back 30 seconds later, the speedy little lady long gone.
It’s a good thing I had worn him out so much beforehand. 😉
Rise up, rise up…
It’s a good mornin, yeah, it’s a good mornin!