I am currently training for a “sprint” triathlon. It’s a 1/2 mile swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 5K run (3.11 miles). In that order. The available swim times are difficult with three children 7 and under unless I want to pay for babysitting every time. So, I am waking at 4:45am, donning my triathlon suit (which can go straight to bike and run), and riding my bike to our pool.
Though early mornings are not my preference, it is in the stillness of the house that I am really able to listen to God. To let my heart rest and breathe in His Presence. To accept His strength for the day. In college I would read my Bible at night, before bed. Motherhood has caused my schedule to shift dramatically.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NIV)
That verse has recently been a positive reminder that even Jesus needed time alone with God. In college, I strongly disliked that verse. What I have discovered about myself is that I am rather lazy—at least when it comes to getting up early. I would much rather sleep than bike 3 miles to a pool, swim 900 yards and bike home in time for my husband to go to work.
Even though I did a half-marathon without stopping two years ago, I haven’t exactly prepared for the running part. Still, with a goal in mind, I’m pressing on. Last night I jogged a mile without stopping! Never mind that it took 12 and a half minutes. Slow and steady wins the race.
While jogging and close to home, the pop song by Britney Spears called “Stronger” popped into my head. I came up with alternate lyrics. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a standard “we broke up and I’m doing fabulous” song with a cheesy music video.
My chorus was:
“Now I’m stron-ger than yesterday,
finish line’s less than a mile away,
and my laziness ain’t killing me no more,
I, I’m stron-ger!”
(It took everything in me to refrain from correcting the word “ain’t”. It’s in the original song. Ugh.)
The difference between me and the girl in the original song, is that I don’t believe I’m better off alone. I do need to get in a quiet secluded place, but it’s to meet with God. And? He’s waiting. He’s delighted to see me.
Rather than leave you with Britney’s music that was rather hopeless, I’ll leave you with a Love Song written by Third Day. It’s alternately called “Just to be with you.”
God just wants our time, our attention, so He can use us for His glory. The pressure is off when we’re doing His work. He’s doing the work and we’re just a part of it. My daily prayer has recently become, “Lord, please show me how I can bring glory to Your Name today.”
The truth is, when God gets glory, and I see His hand working? It fulfills all the empty places that scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and Twitter never fill. I notice people, creation, all things that exist without technology.
Technology is useful-you are reading this post because of technology, but it is a poor substitute for the fullness of God.
Try to take five minutes to just breathe in Jesus and tune out the noise. He’s waiting. 🙂