Saturday, October 17, 2009

Musings on tour

The bright sunshine streaming through the glass door had drawn me outdoors. The prickly grass reminded me of the fact that I was barefoot. It didn't matter. My eyes followed the expanse of grass up til the edge of the field. From my end of the field to the other end, it was a short 100 feet or so. However, on a sunny, humid Tennessee afternoon, 100 feet is a long way to run. I sized up the field again. Yep, I could do it. I set my mind to the task and place one foot behind the other in readiness to speed off. Then, all of my energy sprang into action as I launched myself across the field. Seconds later, I am one third of the way there and not sure why I decided to do this. I am panting and slowing down. Resolutely, I put my eyes on my goal at the end of the field. With this change in perspective, running is a simple task. Just put one foot in front of the other. I keep going and soon and I am two thirds through. As I look around me, I realize this a fun and then return my focus and gaze to my end goal. I throw everything I have into the last few feet and stop running with a huge smile on my face. Haha, I could do that again.

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While at the Moon's house during prep week, I ran the length of their backyard many many times. Each time I couldn't help thinking how much running reminded me of tour. It was a challenge I had put on myself. I didn't have to do this, but it certainly would be rewarding if I stuck it through. Times would be tough and I knew I wouldn't want to go on. But as long as my eyes are on my goal, everything is possible. I stop focusing on myself as I gaze ahead at the reason I am doing this.

Now in the middle of tour, I have thought about this a good number of times and it is a continual encouragement. I often wonder what ever made me want to leave my comfort zone for four months of my life and be constantly challenged in new ways. Sometimes, my fears or my laziness get me down. I feel too broken inside to continue communicating for Christ. However, if I return my focus to God, everything slides nicely into place. Joy becomes a reality again and I can keep on running.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-Hebrews 12: 1, 2
{and hope does not put us to shame}