Last weekend we traveled to Sunriver. On Friday we went our for a run but it was very windy, so windy that running was difficult. To be more accurate, running into the wind was difficult, but if you turned around and ran with the wind, it was easy. Running into the wind felt like running with lead shoes uphill, but with the wind was something much different.
There is a story in Greek mythology of Atalanta. She was known for her ability to outrun anyone. When she became old enough to marry she determined not to marry anyone who could not best her in running, because she didn't want to be married to someone who would slow her down. One after another, men accepted the challenge, only to be beat by Atalanta and then killed by her father. Until Hippomenes came along. Knowing he couldn't match Atalanta's speed, he devised a plan to level the playing field. As the race began, Hippomenes sprinted ahead and as Atalanta approached to pass him, he dropped a gold apple from a bag he was carrying. When she stopped to pick up the apple, he sprinted on ahead again. This continued until Hippomenes had no more apples in his bag. Atalanta, slowed by the gold apples she had collected along the way, was defeated.
Running against the wind is like trying to run while carrying extra weight. It slows us down. I'm reminded of the passage in Hebrews 12 that says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"
The physical act of running is such a great comparison to life. Carrying extra weight will cause us to run slower and carrying unnecessary loads in life will keep us from enjoying the best God has for us. To experience God's best we must "lay aside every weight."
What is it that is slowing you down and keeping you from running the race like you know you can? If you take time to determine what things are weighing you down, you will be better prepared to run the race set before you. Joining with others for support and encouragement is a great place to start.
It's Easter week so we will not be scheduling group run/walk opportunities on Saturday or Sunday. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail.
I hope to see you out there.
Have a great week!