Run with the wind.

windwebLet the half marathon training begin. The other day I started off my run at a good solid pace only to find I was running against the wind for the whole first half of my run–exhausting. I could not wait until I hit the halfway point so I could turn around and run with the wind. By the time I was headed back, the winds had changed and now were a cross-wind. I had missed my moment of running at ease with the wind. If only I would have turned and ran the other direction when I had the chance.

Have you ever had moments like that in life where you have said, “if only.” Unfortunately, hindsight is always 20/20. I find often when I think back to those “if only” moments, there was a still small voice prompting me to turn or go another way. Sometimes the voice even came in wisdom from another. However, in my immaturity and/or stubbornness, I didn’t trust the voice and listen.

Isaiah 40:31 states, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

We will all have our “if only” moments, but it is in these moments where we learn to trust not in our own wisdom or strength, but in the still small voice of Holy Spirit leading and guiding. The sooner we learn to respond to the promptings, the more we will “soar on wings like eagles, …and run and not grow weary.”

I want to encourage you today to run with the wind. Let the winds of Holy Spirit push, strengthen, and direct your path. You will find yourself moving at a quicker pace, to the point of flying as you shift into the direction the winds are blowing.

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