I have been challenged by Abby Rike Rockenbaugh with rockthis.org to do the impossible. She first asked our Facebook group to pray that G-d would start preparing us to do the impossible on April 3 and to be open to where He leads. I was clueless as to what the challenge would be, but loved the part about doing the impossible. It takes courage to do the impossible, with courage being my one word for the year I knew I had to be open.
On April 6, after a long work day I listened to the recording of the live announcement telling what the challenge would be. The challenge, the impossible, is to run a half marathon and if able participate in her state.
Yep, this felt impossible. But courage is my one word. I kept praying.
On April 10th I commented with these words "Abby Rike Rockenbaugh I was excited to hear about your challenge and then I listened, in fact I listened to the recording Thursday night. And I freaked a little! Okay a lot! I thought about the 5ks I have ran and even blogged about on my blog! I thought about I am already working out and I don't have time to walk! I thought I can't run (two knee surgeries). I thought I don't like to fly, actually I am fearful of it..and could I get away for a weekend?? Then I think oh how fun this could be!! You said impossible...girl you were spot on!"
When I watched the announcement video I heard several things that tugged at my heart, so I decided to watch it again and take notes. Abby spoke of a study that she was doing and in that study it fascinated her how much Jesus walked. This pulled at spirit.
During this same time my pastor, Trey Graham, has been doing a teaching series titled "A Walk Through The Holy Land"(you can listen here). He has taken us to various places in Israel, making me see the bible in a whole new way. He has made it come to life by teaching me about the geography, where stories took place, the history, and where Jesus walked. The visuals he has used have brought it to life. G-d had already began a stirring in me regarding Israel and Jewish people after Rabbi Dov Lipman spoke at our church in February, but with this teaching it went deeper. (Again, I hate to fly, but would love to have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked.)
Abby's words about Jesus walking and Trey's teaching, showing me where He walked continued to pull at my heart. Abby said this challenge was about finding Jesus on the journey, so much of His ministry was on the journey, and basically she reminded me that so much life happens on the journey, not just at point A and point B.
Maybe G-d wants to teach me something through this challenge.
I was hesitant to be open to this, because my initial reaction is, but I can't run...but after prayer and conviction, I continued to think about what I can do. I can walk...like Jesus walked. It may not be in the Holy Land, but it is where He has me. And maybe, just maybe the running will be possible again.
Then Abby did another live video, reminding us that this impossible challenge is not about legalism, it's about today, and it's about the journey, and how it parallels our Christian walk. It's not a sprint. I was reminded to take it one day at a time and that G-d provides new today's.
Recently, I had someone pray for me and in that prayer she prayed about doing the impossible, not knowing any of the above story, but it was another push for me embrace the challenge. Asthma, knee surgeries, doubts, struggles, and all.
I am in! I am doing the impossible!!! I am training for a half marathon.
I look forward to what G-d is going to teach me on this journey. I already workout 5 days/week and plan on continuing with those workouts and I will add 3-4 days of training for this half. Will I run it, I don't know...right now that seems impossible. Will I fly to another state and participate with this group of people or find one close to me...I don't know yet. But, what I do know is that I will commit to the training, commit to the bible study, walk with Jesus, and see what happens.
The training began today.
My journey with weight loss, my walk with Christ, and this training all take endurance, perseverance, inward reflection, changing my thoughts, changing my patterns, changing my actions, and commitment. They take not living by my feelings, but living through the power and truth of Christ and they take courage. Who knew when I picked that word for 2017 that I would be doing the impossible.