Day 31: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I have noticed in my months of training that as I go up in distance, my love of running intensifies. How is it that a simple act of putting one foot in front of the other so rewarding? I love the feeling the whole experience. The thought of “me time” and hearing the shuffling of my feet and my ipod while in touch with the road. It’s my time alone to sing, to babble, to pray and to praise. My mind is free to wander or focus as I chose.

Cathy Hastings, Ph.D., shares the same thoughts, “…Most people who begin running fall in love with it,” says Hastings, a longtime runner and marriage therapist in Lancaster, Pa. “You’re on a high, and it’s really similar to the beginning stages of a personal relationship.”

The same is true when I go the distance to seek God. My heart becomes so full. My heart swells with emotion when I think of Him. I smile at the mention of His name and feel so thankful for the blessings and provisions He has given me. There is hardly a moment when I don’t think of Him and you know what? I am in love with Jesus and He is in love with me.

I found this quote by bestselling author, Leslie Ludy, which says, “Even a beautiful God-scripted love story can never satisfy the way Jesus does. Even the most heroic and Christlike man on earth can never fulfill the longings of our heart like the true Prince and lover of our soul (Jesus Christ). And until we are able to truly make Him our first love, until we are willing to give up our dream of an earthly love story for His sake, we will never know the fullness of Him who fills us all in all. We will always be looking to a mere man to meet the desires of our heart, rather than to the One who created us, who knows us better than we know ourselves, and who gave His very life’s blood to rescue us.”

God wrote these words of love to you in the best “Valentine Card” – the Bible. Listen as you hear His voice and the voice of the people who responded with their own words of love reflecting His perfect, enduring, faithful love. Consider His love shown so personally in Jesus – the Word of God who came at Christmas so we could have an eternal Valentine’s Day!

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the great deep. O LORD, You preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love. Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36:5-7

God has made it possible for you to be His forever Valentine when His heart stopped beating for you as Jesus died on the cross and that heart started beating again when Jesus rose from the dead, and it doesn’t stop beating! Go the distance to discover His unfailing love for you.

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