“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
I recently decided to defer the marathon I was scheduled to run in a few weeks until next year. It was something I struggled with since I don’t have an injury that prevents me from running and I am not a professional where a poor performance could have a negative impact on my career (wouldn’t that be nice!). These are two reasons that are completely acceptable even if only one of them realistically applies to anyone reading this right now.
My rationale was that I had battled various injuries (Achilles Tendonitis and Shin Splints) during the first couple of months this year that didn’t allow me to hit the mileage that would properly prepare me for a marathon.
Could I have run or am I making an excuse?
I could have definitely run although I would have had to adjust my expectations. I was really unsure of what I should do until I e-mailed the race and found that they would allow me to defer until next year at no charge! I am not sure how many of us would avoid asking for a deferral in these situations out of disappointment or frustration but it has given me a whole new perspective on 2012.
Changing your plans = Praying
It isn’t just with running that I am hesitant to make changes. I like to finish what I start in any aspect of my life and it bothers me a great deal when I can’t have my way. I often believe I am in control and with the right plans, proper focus, and appropriate effort; I can get the job done. Unfortunately when I get into this mode, I tend to forget that I am not in charge and that I can’t do it alone…I need Him!
Regardless of the decision I need to make, I’ll often pray on what is the right path I should take. It’s when I truly let go and listen for the Lord that I have the best result. Back in the fall of 2010 I had a job offer for a lateral role and was the lead candidate for another job that was a promotion in the same company. It might seem like a “no brainer” given today’s job market. However the manager who extended the initial offer agreed to wait until the other director made their decision. After a great deal of prayer, I accepted the lateral move and within a few months, the other role I considered waiting for was eliminated!
It’s January 2012 all over again!
I couldn’t wait for 2013 to race and there is nothing like a fall marathon…. or Ultramarathon! About 2 weeks ago I signed up for the Wineglass Marathon in September and my first “Century”, The Chimera 100 Mile Mountain Race, in November. It is only March but I pray all of you are as excited as I am about what the year ahead has to offer.
Have you fallen off course with that goal or resolution? The season of Lent is a perfect time to reflect on where you are and ask the Lord for help on what to do next. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)