I started out today not sure how far I was going to run. Actually, I wasn’t even sure where I was going to run. I just started running.
On Monday I am planning to run from Apple Creek to Mt. Eaton, so I decided to check out the route a little bit. I ran from Apple Creek to Mt. Hope road to check out what it was like to run on 250.
The shoulder is pretty wide so I probably won’t die. It is not overly fun when there is an Amish buggy in the shoulder, nor is it fun when a semi truck comes blowing by you (I almost lost my hat), but I think it’s plenty doable. That is my plan for Monday morning.
I wish I would have left a little early in the morning today. It got hot.
I ran a total of 6.2 miles in 49m 50s. That is an average pace of 8:03 per mile.
As I was coming home via Emerson Rd, I had one pretty substantial hill to climb. I just kept telling myself, “What goes up must come down!”
And come down, I did! I was flying down the hill. That part of the run was delightful.
This whole idea of “What goes up must come down” actually led me to thinking about our nation… and the world we are living in. It seems like we are living in such turmoil. I was reminded of these verses from Hebrews:
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:25-29 ESV)
There is a lot in our world that seems to be on shaky ground. That is why it is so important for us to cling on to what is solid.
Jesus will never be moved, never be shaken. We can trust in him.
Everything that can be will be shaken, but Christ and his Kingdom will never be shaken.
What goes up doesn’t always come down. Christ actually came down to lift us up!