Oh, glorious day!
This morning Jodi and I went out for a nice, easy 5k. And then I was done running for the day.
It was glorious.
We ran exactly 3.1 miles at a 10:07 per mile pace for a total run time of 31 minutes and 28 seconds. On my tired legs, having run at least a 5k every day for 382 days in a row, this run was exactly what I needed.
I still have a goal of running 70 miles this week, and I am still on track for that goal. In four days I have run 40.9 miles. I had banked a few extra miles earlier this week so that I could have an “easy” day, if needed.
It was needed.
Tomorrow I am planning something special. You’ll just have to wait around to see what it is…
For the daily Bible reading, I read earlier today, but also wanted to try something new. I have so thoroughly enjoyed the virtual conversation that has been generated through this blog, and I wanted to try a physical conversation of the same nature.
We had a Random Worship Night scheduled for tonight. Once a month I send out a text to some friends declaring the date of a “Random Worship Night” for anyone who can make it. We simply get together and worship God through singing, or praying together, or whatever. Tonight, we spent Random Worship Night reading through Luke 8-10 together and discussing what stood out to us after each chapter. It was really great. I loved the insight and perspective that people brought to the conversation!
For me, probably the biggest thing that stood out from today’s reading was the simplicity of the disciples asking questions. In Luke 8, Jesus tells the following parable:
And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” – Luke 8:4-8
I don’t necessarily think this is a hard parable to understand. I personally think it is a much harder truth to swallow. Nevertheless, the disciples did not understand the parable, and to their credit, they asked Jesus what it meant.
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. – Luke 8:9-15
Sometimes we are afraid to ask questions, or to admit that we don’t know or understand something, but asking questions is the key to understanding!
Jesus has the answers, and he invites us to ask the questions that lead to the answers.
But you don’t have to take my word for it… Just ask James. He’ll tell you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:5-8