Friday, June 7, 2013

Running in the Rain

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

I gazed out the window. The rain waffled between pouring down in perpendicular sheets and diagonal deluges. Chin resting in my palm, the desire to do anything productive seemed to rush with the water to the storm drain.

And then a runner passed.

His devotion and persistence captured me.

I want that.

All too often I get distracted by circumstances, situations, even people that cloud my perspective. 

Hindered. Entangled. 

And my passion wanes.

But I'm reminded to "...fix [my] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of [my] faith," to lace up my running shoes and get back in the race. 

For Him.

And there's the victory.

Praying for showers of blessing in your life today,


Ceil said...

How wonderful that God chose that runner, and that moment to inspire you! He is an endless surprise of grace and encouragement isn't he?
Thank you for your gentle words today. I know you will 'be like that'...because God is calling you to it today!


Hester Christensen said...

Great word picture Kristi,

Thank you, thank you, . . . I needed this today. ;)

Bless you! Hester

Meredith said...

Oh, yes. I'm so easily distracted by my own selfish emotions.

Kristi Butler said...

Ceil, Hester, and Meredith, God is surely good!!

Funny, I told my husband as he walked out the door yesterday that I didn't know why I blogged and wasn't really hearing anything from God to post. He had only been gone a few minutes when the runner went by.

Oh girls, He loves us!!

Thank you for your sweet words!

Sarah said...

Walking in victory today ...

Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

Also wanted to extend an invite ... to share this post (or another fave) to encourage even more moms. We could use it.

Join the Melody ...

Kristi Butler said...

Sarah, I'm so glad that you stopped in for a visit!! It's great to meet you! I look forward to getting to know each other better. I'm dropping by your place and started following you on Pinterest.

Praying sweet blessings for you and yours!!

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Sarah said...

Dancing in the rain ... one of my fave things to do.

Thanks for joining the melody this week. I would be delighted to have you add your voice each week. I jot some momma notes on Monday ... but its a post whenever you can during the week kind of link up. I get the filled to the brim momma schedules.

Happy day,


Inking the Heart said...

I love those moments when the Lord uses something out of the blue (or rain) to inspire us to press on. I am so glad you didn't miss His message to your heart through that runner! Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

Kristi Butler said...

Thank you so much, Rachael! I'm so glad you stopped by!

Sweet blessings!