9 Oct

I began a new exercise program today. If you know me personally, you know that I have not one athletic bone in my body! To say that I’m out of my element is a huge understatement, but I am excited about this new experience!

While I battled a combination of nervousness and exhaustion, my Lord used Day One of Operation Exercise to reveal yet another spiritual parallel to my heart! He never fails to use everyday situations to teach such awesome Truths, teaching me to love Him and live for Him in a deeper way than before.

 As I struggled to stand, the Lord brought this verse to mind,

  “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

Hebrews 12:1

The weight of the machine pushed me down though I tried hard to stand. (I eventually did! 😉 )

I thought of the weights in my life that keep me from standing tall spiritually.

Pride. Worry. Doubt. Laziness. Discontentment.

The list continues.

I try hard to stand, to go beyond standing, to walking , to running this race I’ve been called to run. The weights so easily beset me.

My Lord calls me to lay them aside.

The phrase ” lay aside” literally means to cast off or lay down.

Have you every seen a runner running  a race in a winter jacket and snow boats? Even when the temperatures are cold, runners choose the lightest clothing in order to make the most progress.

Trying to run this Race called the Christian life when weighed down by the heaviness of the hindrances is like trying to run a marathon in multiple layers of clothing.

It is nearly impossible.

But what a difference laying them down makes in our ability to run effectively!

So how exactly can we lay down the things that nearly crush any hope at all of finishing this race strong?

By “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

The cross was heavy, but He carried it. And not only did He carry it, He hung on it.

 He died upon it. 

He died that He could offer His help to those He knew would so desperately need it for thousands of years to come.

He whispers sweetly to my heart, stooped under the hindrances that tend to pile up along the way, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 

A light burden! An easy yoke! That sounds good to me!

I feel the weight lighten as He gently pulls the burden from my shoulders, freeing me to run as He intended me to.

He takes the doubt, the pride, the worry. He takes it all.

Enabling me to lay aside the worthless that I might find the worthwhile, waiting just around the next bend!

As I lace up my running shoes, I whisper a prayer of praise, thanking Him for taking the weight I would still be carrying had it not been for His abundant mercy and grace!

Run well this weekend!


One Response to “Weight.”

  1. Michelle October 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Thank you for another incredibly encouraging post! Once again, I popped over to your blog for a quick visit and was immediately pointed Godward and challenged to go deeper in my walk with the Lord. Love it!

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