This morning I shoveled out the driveway after a six inches snowfall. In the past, Saturday morning was my time for the running group and we would put in anywhere from 4-12 miles on a morning run. But now I am in a different routine. With a new church and with my recent running injuries, I have not been running on Saturday mornings. I confess I miss the group camaraderie and exercise, but I am confident that I will be running again soon.
I remember reading about elite marathoner Dick Beardsley’s experience when he was injured. He lived on a farm here in Minnesota and he spent time cross-training by shoveling snow between his house and barn so as to stay in shape. He eventually recovered and got back on the road running. As I shoveled this morning, I thought to myself, “Yes, you will get back on the road, be patient, stay confident.” Then I looked up to see the sun shining through the neighbors’ trees. Hope anew!
In one’s walk with Jesus, there will be times of challenges and frustrations. The old patterns and ideas do not work as they once did. At those times, we need to do some cross-training, seeking other forms of spiritual life: conversing/praying with a friend, reading a good devotional book, worshipping at a new church, going on a short mission trip, joining a new Bible Study. Our life in Christ is not to be a rut, but a path to life.
Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.