(For those of you who don't know the backstory, you can read this past post. It tells how God used running to draw me to Houston and put me in the midst of people suffering in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey: Marathon Number Two - I Didn't See This Coming)
Norma refused to leave her home while the reparations were going on. One of the reasons she trusted St. Andrews to help her repair her home is they wouldn't take her from the only place she knew as home. To be honest, I thought her home looked chaotic and out of sorts. It was clear, though, Norma was filled with gratitude for her home and all everyone was
You run to where He needs you. Sometimes it's to a place of discomfort. Sometimes it's away from where we expected to be. The reality we often forget or don't understand is -we're running His race, not ours.
The pressure is compounded when you know you have to go and the body that's been so cooperative for months, like a stubborn dog, lies down and refuses to budge.
I knew from the moment it became clear I wasn't going to finish, shame wasn't going to be a part of my experience. My wife's text message set the stage for the response I'd receive from all of my friends at the finish line, and from all the friends and family who were following the journey on social media. She was the first to remind me the weekend was about far more than finishing a marathon. I think she also set the stage for a conversation I was about to have with God on that bus ride back to the finish line.
I was looking out the window as we drove through the streets of Houston. That's when I
So I'll be back in Houston next January. I'll be chasing down the finish line that eluded me. And between now and then I'll continue partnering with St. Andrews Church as they seek to heal their community. I hope to check in on Ms. Norma, the beautiful kids at Lawhon, and the other families St. Andrews will touch between now and then. And I hope to experience the finish line feeling so many of my friends experience this time around.
So stay tuned. Or maybe better yet, book a flight to Houston.
Life is like running.
If we have friends running alongside us, there's no fight we can't fight, no race we can't finish.
22 Too Many
Ashland Harvest Run 10K
Ashland Run The Rails 5K
Charlottesville Fall Classic
Faith And Running
Flying Pig Marathon
Kiawah Island Marathon
Land Between The Lakes
Little Rock Marathon
Marine Corps Marathon
New Song Mission Possible 5k
Patrick Henry Half Marathon
Richmond Half Marathon
Run For Respect 5k
Running For Soles
Run The Bluegrass
The Georgia Jewel
The Hokie Half Marathon
Uncorked Half Marathon
Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon