Today Harrison ran his first mile.
He insisted in running along side me rather than taking a seat beside his sister in the jogging stroller. Instead of fighting the battle, I let him run. Knowing full well that in 4 minutes, he’d be done and ready to ride.
But he didn’t stop. In fact he was sprinting at some points.
Jumping, smiling, skipping along he was having so much fun! All that mattered is that he was running with mom, wind in his hair, and a smile on his face and the whole world in front of him. He was free. I couldn’t get over the fact that he had no concept of pace. He wasn’t concerned with the end or how he was going to get there, he’s concerned with RIGHT NOW. Living fully in the present and trusting that his mama will take care of all that he needs.
He looked at me with crazy eyes when I told him to slow down; we had a lot further to run.
I’ll have to teach him a few things about long distance running, if he ever gets serious about it. But today his innocence taught me about running with God.
Do I run full speed into life? Trusting that I’m running into what God has called me to do. Trusting that HE is who he said that HE is. Having faith in his ability rather than my personal abilities or lack thereof?
Most days I don’t live fully in the present. I get busy dreaming about the future, or questioning the past. I rarely see the present where I get to run freely with my heavenly father. Often I give up when things get difficult, or I can’t see the reward of my efforts.
Harrison got tired at .9 miles, and was ready to quit and jump into the stroller. All it took was a little encouragement, and he decided to keep running until the running app clocked a full mile. He finished under 12 minutes!
I pray you and I both run freely with the Lord this week. Setting aside all the questions and knowing with out a doubt the one answer, that God is who He said that He is. That not only is he worthy of our faith, but he wants us to run with him.
This isn’t the first time I’ve learned something through watching Harrison run, here’s what he taught me 2 years ago.