This morning, it felt a little strange not taking my usual Tuesday morning run. I feel I am healing much faster than I anticipated and am getting around a lot better. So I decided to load up my youngest son in the car and head for the grocery store to stretch our legs a little.
After much reading on post-marathon recovery, it is advised to wait until all soreness subsides before grabbing those treads and hitting the streets again. Today is day three of my post-marathon recovery and I almost don’t know what to do with this extra time and energy. I am eager to get back into running. I already had that conversation with myself, “Maybe I can try tomorrow. Oh, wait. Tomorrow is another rest day. Okay, well then I will wait until the day after tomorrow. No, that is another rest day. Friday? Really? I have to wait until Friday?” I agreed to wait until I was fully recovered before I started running again. Now I’m starting to think a week is too much of a wait.
I started thinking of a verse of Chris Tomlin’s song which says, “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord…” Right now, I could really use a bit of strength during this recovery period. I don’t believe that if we just sit around that we will gain strength. Instead, I reflected again on the verse of Isaiah 40:31, which echos the song, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I found myself pondering and praying, “Lord, please teach me how to wait.” Then my daily scripture text buzzes while I’m typing this devotion stating, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” Psalm 27:14. There it was again. Another reminder to wait. Isn’t it encouraging that God can reveal something to you at the most pivotal moment?
In the bible, God instructs us to be patient, remain hopeful and keep praying while we wait. Our time is not His time. To wait on the Lord means to be content and patient because we are clinging to God and resting in His love and wisdom. Also, it is important to realize that as God feeds our faith, He renews our strength for whatever lies ahead. To me, that is worth the wait.