We’re Part of God’s Grand Story

Hindsight is 20/20, but in the midst of our current struggles, it’s helpful to remember that God is in control of it all, there are no accidents, and somehow He works it all out for His glory and our greater good (Romans 8:28).

After all, we are just supporting characters in the grand narrative of God’s story, where Jesus is the hero, and we are not the main subject. But when things go wrong, this is usually when we become aware of our “hero complex.” Our knee jerk response as things take a turn for the worse is usually, “wait, isn’t God supposed to work everything out for my good?” We tend to have a fixation on self and a narrow perspective. We often fail to see the grand plan that God has, and we forget that we aren’t the main character in the story, He is. Continue reading “We’re Part of God’s Grand Story”

Getting Back in The Saddle

It’s easier to post about victories, like my marathon training progress last fall, but tonight it’s just me “getting back in the saddle.” It’s so discouraging to have been running so much, almost finished with a marathon training program, and now find myself at what I’d consider to be square one. My run was pretty rough tonight, but I did it, pushing all 80ish pounds of my two kids, stroller and all.

The verse, “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13) kept coming to mind as I ran- it’s not just the bad things we should leave behind, but even the great things we’ve done in order to think clearly about our present state. Wish I could ride my training victories forever, setting new PR’s on a 5k, half marathon, and farthest distance ever run, but I can’t stay there. Have I mentioned how much I learn from running? Continue reading “Getting Back in The Saddle”