We are (finally!) continuing the series on Psalm 71. I encourage you to read the whole psalm here.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
You have done such wonderful things.
Who can compare with you, O God?
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
I am starting this post 5 days before I will run my first marathon.
Running does not come naturally to me; it never has. It has always been hard work. I’ve never had that “light” or “fresh” feeling that runners talk about.
I initially just ran for the quick exercise, to maintain a large weight loss. I didn’t have access to a gym. I kept running because it’s good for clearing my headspace.
I met some crazy runners in mid-2011. By that point, I had run a half marathon, so I distinguished “crazy runners” as people who ran more than 13.1 miles at a time. They asked me, Why don’t you consider a marathon?
I figured I’d pray about it.
2 months later, God spoke. How about running for a cause?
By the time you read this, I will have (Lord-willing) ran 26.2 miles to trample on child sex trafficking.
It will not be easy or quick or painless. But I will do it, for the kids.
Who can compare to You, God? the psalmist wonders.
Even when He allows us to suffer hardship, He restores us to life. Even these young kids whose families often sell them into prostitution – God has something amazing for them.
Whatever depths you are in, there is a God who longs to rescue you. Call on Him today.
If you’d like to give toward the cause for which I am willing to attempt a marathon, you can learn more here.