Last Tuesday my husband said, “Babe, let’s go for a run tonight” and without thinking, I replied, “Yes, let’s go”.
I need to make sure you understand that Tim (my husband) has been running for several years, I have been serious about exercising and building strength since November. At some point, running became part of our regular routine this summer, even after I said that I would NEVER run. Everything was going fantastic until the erratic Ohio temperature swung from 75 degrees to 150 degrees (at least that is how it felt to me). I tried several times to explain that I planned to be a “fair-weather runner” – and 90 (plus) degrees is not fair. Yet, I still find myself saying yes over and over again.
About one mile into the run, last Tuesday, my thoughts began to drift away. I am sweating, miserable, tired, and asking myself one question: “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?” What I did not anticipate was the immediate response. Within a few seconds my future seemed to flash before my eyes, I know it sounds really weird and dramatic but stick with me. I saw myself 10 years in the future, then 5 years in the future, then just 1 year in the future; every single image appeared exactly the same. There I stood with my hands lifted high in the air and I was thanking God for the blessings. Then I heard this statement:
“Your Yes Today, Will Be Your Praise Tomorrow.”
The Lord was reminding me of this:
though saying yes every day can be difficult, there is a tomorrow that is shaped by daily devotions and agreements to do hard (but right) things.
Tomorrow, we will look back on our daily “Yes” to God, to health, to purpose… and recognize the blessings that exist in our life because of it.
Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15 – 16 (NIV) ~ Time is our most scarce resource, we can never create more of it but we can redeem what we have right now.
Oh, just in case you are wondering, I finished that Tuesday run “like a boss” 🙂