Running to hear Gods Voice
For the past year I have been spoiled in regards to having the time and space to stop and listen to God working in my heart. Not only was I removed from the daily distractions of cell phones, ipods and computers but was also removed from the daily noises of city life. My year in the rolling hills of California was amazing and a time that I will never forget but now it is time to return to the hustle and bustle of city life.
It has been now over a month since I have been in California and I am still transitioning and trying to find my niche. I will have to be honest, it has been difficult for me to find that same peace and quiet that I enjoyed in California; however I realized the other day that I will never find that again. Not because it is not there but because my life has changed and my surroundings have changed. I am no longer in the rolling hills of Santa Ynes but in the congested streets of Chicago. So now I need to find my own space and my own quiet time.
So where does find a quiet place among a city of over 4 million people? One would think that it would be extremely difficult and for the most part it has been but I have found a new place and space that I can spend with just me and the Lord and that is when i go running. Running has become my quiet place and my chance to just be in the presence of God through the nature and people around me. Whether it is running through the local park or running in the local gym, I have found myself tuning out the world around me and listening to the voice within me. Sure I have music playing in the background that helps to motivate me to run faster and longer but it is not what drives me to run. What really drives me is the joy I get from removing myself from the world and diving into a conversation with God. There are times when there is no talking and we just rest with each other but then there are times when He cant seem to shut me up. I guess the joys of having an extroverted personality but what ever it is, it is our time together. That is what I miss the most and thanks to running I have gotten it back.
So am i telling you to go out and by a new pair of shoes and hit the roads running. No! but what I am telling you is find that time and that place where it can be just you and God. No distractions, because it is there that you will hear the voice of God calling out your name. May the Peace of Christ be with you and may you find your place to rest with God.