Here we go again! After completing a full year of running at least a 5k every day for 365 days, it begins again with another 5k Every Day in the Month of May.
My run for Day One was pretty great. I am still in the mountains of Colorado. The air is still cold and sparse. The elevation gain is still substantial. And it feels great to get out and enjoy God’s creation with a morning run.
Today I ran 3.1 miles in 24 minutes and 58 seconds. I had an average pace of 7:59 per mile.
The first mile was still a struggle to breathe. I don’t know if I will ever get used to this mountain air, but it actually seemed even MORE difficult to breathe today than in previous days.
I actually read my 3 chapters prior to running 3.1 miles today, so Matthew 1-3 was on my mind as I ran.
Two things especially stand out to me in today’s Bible reading. The first is how powerfully God used dreams in the birth of Jesus and in keeping him safe as a child. If you read along, you probably noticed these verses:
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:20-21
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, [the wise men] departed to their own country by another way. – Matthew 2:12
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” – Matthew 2:13
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” – Matthew 2:19-20
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. – Matthew 2:22
That is a lot of important stuff that came about because of dreams. God is obviously in the business of using dreams in our lives. Maybe not quite as dramatically as we see here in the opening chapters of Matthew (or maybe every bit as dramatically), but one way or another God is able to work powerfully through the dreams that He gives us.
Now, I know these passages are talking about the kind of dreams that you have when you are asleep, but this idea of God giving us dreams and using our dreams reminds me of what is promised in Psalm 37.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
This feels like a similar message to me. God gives us dreams (or desires of our hearts), and He promises to give those dreams to us, or make them come true! But… that is not the most important part of the verse. Not by a long shot. The most important part is in the beginning. Delight yourself in the LORD.
The promise is for our dreams to come true as we delight ourselves in the LORD. In fact, if we delight ourselves in the LORD, and our dreams do not come true, it will only be because by delighting ourselves in the LORD, He has given us different dreams… and the dreams that He gives are destined to come true!
So go ahead. Delight yourself in the LORD. How do you do that? By recognizing His goodness. Acknowledge His sovereign hand in your life. You have air to breathe because He gives it! Your heart is pumping blood, your brain is thinking and comprehending because He made it work that way! Your body moves (and hopefully you were able to run or walk a 5k today) because He created us that way!
What’s not to delight in?!
I love the follow-up verse in Psalm 37:
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:5
Let’s commit our way to the LORD today, and trust in Him, knowing that He will act on our behalf, and He will give us the desires of our hearts.
5k Every Day in the Month of May Challenge: remember to check in by leaving a comment on my blog to let me know that you are tracking with me! Feel free to give the details of your run / walk and let me know that you read Matthew 1-3 or even share something that was sticking out to you as you read.