After spending the last couple of weeks fighting a stubborn sickness and making some tough, emotional family decisions, I headed out solo for a hundred eighty-seven-mile journey to Tybee Island seeking solitude in something I do best—run. It was the annual Critz Tybee Run Fest, which consist of five races equaling marathon (26.2) distance. For me, I find that running is a great stress release and a healthy distraction. Not to mention a great time to meditate with God.
The 5K began Friday evening. It was dark and very cold. We were told by race volunteers to follow the arrows to stay on course in case we lost our way. We were also given glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets, so we would be seen on the road. The path was very dark. The only light visible was shining from the lighthouse above.
Once the race began, I ran and felt the week’s events settle upon me. Step by step, I felt the stress release and let the silence take over. Beneath the silence, God began to speak. He began to open my eyes to His truths surrounding me.
I love when this happens and this is what my was heart was thirsty for this weekend. It’s as if my soul is ignited and I come alive. Excitement fills my heart and I want to sing and shout. This is when my iPod exploded with the words of Third Day. “Jesus, light of the world, shine through the darkness bright as the day. Jesus, light of the world, shine in our hearts show us the way tonight.” It was only then that realized I was already halfway into the run and noticed the lighthouse above shining its light and guiding my steps ahead. Oftentimes, this is what it’s like when we follow Jesus. He gives us enough light on our path to see our next step. If we knew what we were to do weeks or a month from now, our faith would grow weary and we would not depend on Him. Instead, Jesus shows us what is before us and says, “trust me with the rest.”
Just about that time, the course grew darker and I couldn’t see runners or the road. I ran for several minutes listening only to the sound of my breath. I squinted my eyes trying to focus on the course ahead. Suddenly I saw the light of the lighthouse shine, it was like God Himself lead the way. The lighthouse became my guide in the night and to the finish line. I have to mention also that through all of this revelation that I realized that I made a personal record in this race finishing in 26 minutes. Thanks God!
“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” – Psalm 43:3
Jesus is our Light. He will show us the way.
Have you ever felt like you were in the dark and didn’t know how to proceed?