running to christmas
Confession: I went for a run this morning for the first time in months. It is not easy to work out in the winter of Montana, but when I wake up early in the dark and in the freezing cold, drive to the gym and run on a treadmill, it’s worth it because I love how I feel afterward. I love knowing that I’m doing my body some good. It’s worth it. Running is worth the trouble, worth the inconvenience, worth the sweat, worth the the hurt.
You know where I’m going with this. I couldn’t help but think about how running to Christmas is the same thing.
Everything my husband preached this weekend was so challenging and inspiring and powerful, and so perfect for this week of running to Christmas. If you missed it, or want an extra dose of spiritual adrenaline, listen to this weekend’s message here.
His message from 2 Kings 4 was about Elisha and the widow and her two sons and how they obeyed in faith and offered what they had, as small as it was. It was all about giving God space, giving Him room to move in our hearts and lives. And how sometimes we’re so concerned about what we don’t have, but God starts there and asks us what we do have.
“God wants to the mighty things He has planned, and He’ll start with what’s in your hand.”
“He can’t bless what you don’t offer. When you stop bringing, He stops pouring.”
Running toward a mighty move of God is scary. As my husband showed us this weekend with the cups, it’s awkward and feels weird. It can be painful, and stretch us in new and strange ways, and it can just be hard. But like my husband said, “For there to be a move of God, there has to be faith, and for there to be faith, there has to be a component of mystery, an element of risk and ‘how can this work?'”
So, all I’m saying is, Fresh Life, it’s the final sprint to Christmas. The final sprint always hurts the most and requires the most exertion and requires us to dig down deep and push even harder. As we run with horses, as we run toward Christmas, let’s remember in it all to give God the space to work in us and through us right where we are, with whatever is in our hands.
And it will all be worth it. The hard work of making little gifts to give to people to invite them to Fresh Life Christmas. The awkward feeling of inviting your co-worker for the hundredth time. The pain of enduring through this week due to loss or grief or suffering. It will all be worth it, as we see God move and change people’s lives and eternal destinations.
“Take care of keeping your heart upright before God, and He will take care of how He uses you.”