Maybe you're like me and like to have something to distract you when you're running. If you have someone talk with or music to listen to, the distraction keeps you from focusing on how tired you are or how long you've been running. If you have something to distract you, the miles seem to go by much faster.
Most of the time, distraction is considered a negative thing. For example, we all know that we shouldn't drive distracted and we don't want to be distracted when we are reading or studying. And who wants to be distracted when enjoying a movie in the theater?
I was running at Clearwater this morning and thinking about how easy it is to get distracted by everyday cares so that I miss things that God has created to remind us of His love, the evidence of His existence. The truth is, often we are numb to the things around us that should leave us in awe.
Consider the awe of God's creation that David was experiencing when he wrote these words from Psalm 8. "When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you set in place - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority - the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!"
This week, I encourage you to take time to notice all of the markers of God's love that surround us. If you are running or walking, consider that your brain is sending signals to your muscles fibers at over 150 miles per hour. Each minute the neurons in your brain send and receive more signals than all of the phones in the world. Just the act of walking or running should leave us in awe. Then stop to look around at the beauty and complexity of creation. All of these are visual reminders of God's love and evidence of His existence. When you stop long enough to actually see past the distraction to the awe of creation, you too will find yourself saying like David, "O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
If you would like to join us for a run or walk this week we would love to see you! On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the Springfield entrance to Pre's Trail (the corner of Aspen and D Streets near the playground). On Saturday we will meet at 8 am at Alton Baker Park and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm at Clearwater trail.
Have a great week!