In 8 days I’m running a ½ marathon. Let me preface this by saying that by nature, I am not a runner. I was the last pick in school when dividing up for teams. In Jr High and High School when we had to run a mile, I came in last, thinking that surely this was going to kill me. But God has given me this dream to run a ½ marathon, and now it is almost here!
Now that the time is fast approaching, I’ve felt fear creeping in. I mean, a HALF MARATHON?! That’s 13.1 miles. That is a loooong way. So far my longest run has been 9 miles. That’s a bit further than that. Plus this to wonder and worry about, and that to be fearful of, and this…and that.
A few days ago as I felt this wild animal named fear stalking me, creeping up on me, I asked God to help me with my fear as I pulled out my Bible. Because I know that fear does NOT come from Him. Presently I’m reading through Psalms. The next chapter that I was due to read was Psalm 46, and let me tell you, God had it planned out that this was the chapter for me, at this time! It says,
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear”
Wow! Talk about an answer to prayer! Thank you, Lord!
Then, verse 5, “God will help her at break of day”
Ok, the race starts at 6 am!!!
Then vs 10, “Be still and know that I am God”
I need to be still and rest in Him.
“I will be exalted.”
To God be the glory for this race!
What is your fear at present moment? Are you going through the adoption paperwork and wondering where this all will lead? Are you in the waiting mode, and wondering if it’s ever going to happen? Are you newly home and wondering if you’ll ever bond? Have you been a family for some time and you are wondering if the chaos will ever go away?
Be still. Trust. God is our refuge. He is our strength. He is an ever-present help. He will be exalted and glorified.