Sunday, October 4, 2009

Christ healed me and we are running the Half Marathon!

By the weekend of September 13 I ran 19 miles that week and the average was of 12.98 minute a mile. On September 15 after finishing mile 7.5 of the week, I felt some pain in my right knee; it was making crunchy sounds. I stopped running and waited to see the specialist. I felt frustrated cause I thought I would not be able to run the race I have been looking forward to. Some of you prayed for me, I prayed and prayed; all I wanted was to have time with God during that run. Just him and me. I have been left to run alone, so that is what I was training for. I thought, well maybe God just wants to spend time with me without having to run. I felt it would be fun and challenging to run but I could settled for a quite time with him in a beautiful setting as long as his presence is with me. My ticket is already paid for so if I run or not, still I will take that plane. Two weeks after on September 29, last Tuesday, I was at the specialist and they gave me green light to resume my training. I jumped and praised God for his kindness in granting me the race! On September 25th I was coming back from South Carolina and had to connect in N. Carolina but my flight was delayed. Guess what? I ran and I felt no pain, but on Tuesday I got professional confirmation that I could run. God did a miracle for me and cured my knee.
Last Wednesday I was at the gym helping my legs to do some exercise and make sure I got no pain. On Saturday, I ran my first 3 miles and today I ran 5 miles, so this Sunday I close a good 8 miles with an average of 12.15 minute the mile. God is great!

Perseverance has many faces; we can overcome the valley of death when we go through it, only if we persevere in our faith and in our hope. Quitting is not an option. It is not an easy process for sure not a fun one, but there is an end to that valley and the green pasture is just at the other side. Sometimes hard to see it, but we must have faith that it is there. Out of the valley we will come restored, cleansed and strong again. Until then, we need a hero to hold our hand, to heal us and protect us; Christ our Shepherd and Savior.
In our brokenness he will comfort us and he will carry us for the time that we cannot walk on our own. Because we all grow weary and we all will feel weak at some point, we need to fix our eyes to these verses, no matter how difficult it is to feel them, we should hang on to them for they are promises for God's children, for you and me, we are his children. Believe...

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

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