"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears" - Glen Clark
I am convinced that the better runner you become is evidence of how much you've overcome. I'm not talking about a runners goals of distance and time. I'm talking about something much more deeper within that is being exposed as you put one foot in front of the other. There are matters of the heart that you can not write or speak of because of the ramifications to others who you aren't even aware of at the time. When those words are released they can cause pain that beyond what you have gone through, regardless of the matter they come by. You know deep inside it is so personal that it wouldn't be beneficial for others to take in.
It is in times of running that God , while I am in motion can pin me down to heal these areas. If I tried to talk it wouldn't even make sense to me, just words rambling. Therefore, I would look to someone else to help me comprehend what it is I'm going through and in the end it doesn't sustain. However, when I'm running God brings clarification in a way that when I stop and walk off the track and am filled with joy and peace because those places of injury have been healed. Who knew that 1,2,3+ miles running with God could heal a broken spirit? When He gets to the heart of the matter, I realized that holding onto certain situations caused bitterness leading to all kinds of jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear. There is a heaviness lifted when you choose to let God heal you. And through personal experience, you are able to run faster and longer!
He does it so softly that the "still small voice" you hear while you run say, "Don't quit! You can do it! Your doing great!" is also saying words that are penetrating your heart, speaking life. Then you can look back on those areas and smile...it is done :-) even though it may not be over, its settled in your spirit the fruit of which is peace.
It isn't in your effort because God knows how much you've tried and failed. Its His kindness sharing with you things you aren't even unaware of that brings a freedom little by little, one mile at a time. It is then that you can breathe, and I'm not talking about oxygen alone. But when you feel choked and tied up, you begin to run and your running gets hard. It is there that you finally give it to Jesus (because He is the one that paid the price, you don't have to) and then you are suddenly free!! This type of freedom releases a physical energy; and you are able to run an extra mile, 2 or 3 you didn't think you could attain...yet. You've come to the end of your trail and are excited because you have just run a 10K!! That 10K is evidence of overcoming!!
Oh ya, the fact that it was spitting snow, were like gifts from God ~ Thank You Jesus ;-)