Jesus is a Friend Who Runs with Me

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I have been slow getting back to running this season. Usually I start pounding the pavement when the weather gets nice – April or May. This year I didn’t start back up until June. My excuses?

  • I am too busy.
  • I went to bed too late and I am tired.
  • I rather stay in the comfort of my bed that get up early to run.

I may not have even picked it this season at all, if not for my husband. I was thrilled when he decided that he wanted to shed a few pounds and get in shape. I needed to do the same. Plus, running together meant spending together, even if only for 35 minutes.

It’s been great. We get up early and run before the demands of our day of day begin.

Neither of us is running at a pace we did when we were younger and more conditioned. There are days when I am feeling strong and running a steady pace and he’s dragging. There are also days when he is feeling great and I struggle to keep up. But that’s okay, because we are running together.

When I run with someone else, I always perform better.

The Bible says that Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). I can just imagine Him in Nike sneakers running along side me. When I need that extra push he is there to spur us along. When I need to take a break He slows down a bit to walk with me. Just like my husband, He doesn’t take off and leave me by the side of the road gasping for air as I wait for my heart rate to come down.

I thrive with companionship. While I don’t mind the occasional run alone, with my GPS watch and iPhone to keep me company, I love having a friend with me. A few years back I ran a ½ marathon with three other moms. Two of the ladies were seasoned runners with paces I couldn’t match. Luckily the other one ran slower, just like me. We ran along side each other the entire 13.1 miles. We didn’t talk much, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that she was there. I wouldn’t have been able to do it with out her. As long as she kept going I was going to run and vice versa. That’s when I decided, if I ever ran another long race, I wouldn’t do it alone.

I am so thankful that Jesus runs alongside me in my race. He is that friend that I can count on (John 15:15), who makes me better for being with him. I count on Him for encouragement to keep going, conversation pass to the time, and grace when I need a break.

Today I am linking up Three Word Wednesday with Beth over at Simply Beth. Head over there and see who else is there and catch up on Beth is doing in the Love Dare!

Comments

  1. Kimberly – I loved this post & the thoughts you shared. It is so true —> we thrive with companionship. As I read of your friend, keeping pace with you & not much conversation, I realized how much even silence conveys. In running alongside she encouraged you,. Keeping pace with you conveyed her desire to be with you, you were worth keeping step with. May we realize we do not need to fill every silence with our words. There are times, our silence speaks more than our words would be able. So glad to have stopped here from Three Word Wed. Have a great day!

  2. Kimberly, this makes me think of those friends who journey alongside of us even if not with us physically. I have a friend who throughout the time apart from my husband will occassionally text me a picture of something saying, “this made me think of you.” Companionhip can come in so many forms and I think God gives to us in just the way we need . . . maybe as a reminder of how He is always with us and knows just what we need. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing with Three Word Wednesday. Blessings. xoxo

  3. Love the title of this post! Thanks for sharing this encouragement & for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings, Kim!

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