Recently I’ve found that when I’m running more I have a lot to say and when I’m not running so much – I don’t have much to say. Maybe it’s because when I run without music I have an endless amount of time to think and analyze anything I want or maybe it’s just that running inspires me to write.
Sunday I drove to the W&OD for a quick 8 mile run – I had to be speedy because we were heading to the zoo! I decided to turn it into a little bit of speed work even though I actually had zero motivation to run. On my way there I was listening to Pastor Lon Solomon on the radio. He was talking about how he prays to God about the little things in life. He prays with his children before tests – he said he asks that the teacher asks the questions his kids know. This was met with laughter by the congregation. He often asks God to help him find a good parking spot when he really needs one. This was again met with laughter. He said that the reason everyone was laughing is because we wrongly assume that God does not care about the little things in life. That he is so busy and has so much going on he couldn’t possibly care about a parking spot. Lon said this simply isn’t true. God does indeed care about our little concerns – our small requests. This is not to say that God gives us everything we want when we want it – but that he gives us what we NEED when we NEED it. Though I didn’t have time to hear the whole sermon on this short drive the part I heard really spoke to me and got me thinking.
I brought my ipod with me on the run because I needed a little motivation. I don’t like using it very often because I know I sort of turn off my brain and just listen to the music instead of being alone with my own thoughts. However I really felt that I needed it that day. The first miles were hard and I felt slow – the humidity and the sun were getting to me. Mile 3 – I just start feeling good and my ipod dies! I had even checked it before I left to see if it had enough battery to last the run. I thought it was bizarre that it died. It was a blessing in disguise because I had a great run sans music and was happy to again be alone with my own thoughts. I ran the last mile fast at a 6:47 pace – I was pumped. As I was trotting back to the car it occurred to me that I had needed my ipod for those couple of miles to get my confidence back up and get me motivated. God had indeed given me what I needed when I needed it and when it was no longer necessary the battery died.
Some people would say that this was just a coincidence. I beg to differ. I think that no matter what religion you are if you are a spiritual person you see these things as signs – signs that someone is speaking to you – signs that there is an order in the world – that there is something larger than ourselves at work. When I got into the car I was feeling elated. I started thinking about how I no longer run to loose weight, no longer am trying to get in shape – I run because it truly makes me happy – it is a release for me and I really believe I am a better person inside and out because of it. At that moment there was a silence and the Nickelback song “If Today Was Your Last Day”came on – I don’t know if I have ever heard this song – but if I have I certainly have never paid attention to the words.
I thought these three parts of the song were particularly fitting ~
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’re never living twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are