Week 29 – Small segments

25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.

Proverbs 4:25 – 26

When I first started running, I didn’t think about heading off very far. In fact, my beginning months were more inside the comfort of my complex. I remember doing 1km and being exhausted and then heading home. The next time I would try and stretch it a little further than the previous session and so on…

Not long after this, I started running outside the complex heading towards a mall just down the road where we stay. I confess this wasn’t easy, but I took it step by step. I found myself reaching certain milestones, a lamp pole, a traffic light, the entrance to one side of the mall. I would reach these milestones and then walk back home. But each time I would take it a step further.

After months of stretching out the way forward, I finally made it all the way from our home, around the mall and back home which is roughly about 8km in total. So I would stretch the distance in my running.

This is how I feel we should push forward when striving for endurance in our journey with the Lord: taking it a step further the next time around, each time just moving the bar a little further along.

No person begins a journey towards endurance ready and able to reach the target they have in their mind. They systematically condition themselves until they are comfortable enough to run further without straining themselves.

If we would condition ourselves in this same way, I know for a fact that each one of us would reach far further in our journey than we thought possible. It takes time, effort and dedication in order to reach these goals.

Many people, when thinking about running, simply get put off because they don’t break down the run for themselves. They think they have to do it all in one go. This is enough to discourage any person. But if they would simply break the journey into segments, conditioning their spiritual muscles to push a little further each time, they will find that the goal is more obtainable than what they thought.

I believe the Lord withholds so much from us, giving us only what we need to know in a given moment, so that we don’t become overwhelmed by what lies ahead of us. If we knew what lay ahead in our journey, many would simply give up then and there!

I say this again: this is not a short sprint of a journey, it is a lengthy one and calls for much endurance. But if you would allow yourself to simply break up the journey into segments (allowing the Lord only to give you what you need for the moment), you would be surprised when looking back just how far you have come and what you have already endured.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father. I know there is often much we want to know about the journey that lies ahead of us, but how grateful I am not knowing everything. I trust your judgement and wisdom in what I am able to handle in the moment. I thank you for guiding me in Jesus name. Amen.

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