Monday, April 20, 2009

Good Morning.

Although I like to think of myself as an avid exerciser, I'm pretty loose with the term and avid in the hoodmama dictionary has other synonyms like 'rare', 'when I feel like it', and 'only if it's not cold outside'. I definitely have my moments of consistency but they tend to be short lived when it gets chilly so I haven't exercised in the past couple of months.

Did I mention it's been brisk outside? Translation: It's been below 60 degrees. I have obviously lived in Texas too long and expect absolutely no sympathy from any of you living north of Wichita Falls.

This morning, I turned over a new leaf. Or better said, I just turned my leaf back to the side where I actually do something healthy in the mornings instead of simply consuming large amounts of half-and-half with a touch of coffee.

Irish Laura and I went running before sunrise and actually managed to keep a pretty good clip for 1/16th of a mile. I had to slow down for Laura. Or the other way around, what does it matter? All I'm going to say is it's completely humbling running with a nineteen year old athlete who has neither four children or a strong penchant for Milk Duds.

Once we settled into a pace where we could talk, we began hashing through some of the issues we're seeing in the community. My faith is so weak right now as I wonder how in the world some of our families' situations could ever be turned around. The cycle of poverty in this community is strong and the circumstances seem insurmountable more often than not.

Laura, so tenderly and with that really cool accent, reminded me that we cannot put God in a box. We cannot define who he is and what he is capable of by our limited imaginations. His ways are not our ways and he has spoken into creation all that we see. If with a mere whisper, he transformed darkness into light, how can we not believe transformation can come to this little community?

What a sweet gift, to be up before dawn and to be reminded again of the first verse I learned as a new believer, "be still and know I am God", for "even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is a bright as the day..."

Amen. Now if He could also transform my downside of 30 stamina into that of my 19 year old new running partner, we'd be in business and I'd be less ashamed. :)


Candy said...

Yea and amen! I too have been picky about walking in the 50-something weather. And, doesn't His Word say that "God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we would EVER THINK or IMAGINE"? and that it is "according to His power at work WITHIN US"? So, you press on, Melissa, with eyes fixed on Him. And, "to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever." Eph. 3:20-21
Love you!

emily said...

Still stuck at the up before dawn........way to go. I need a exercise buddy to get my lazy rear in gear over here.

Becca said...

haha i like that. i too am an "avid" exerciser.

Sue said...

Out of the mouths of "babes" huh? We sometimes forget that the younger generation can hold such incredible wisdom that we older ones forget in the thick of things.

Good job on the run btw! I'm "allergic" to exercise personally... but my cottage cheese thighs are advising me to "take a pill" ;-)

God bless,

These Three Kings said...

AMEN!! and what were you thinking about running with a 19year old?? child please!!! LOL!
I kid!

Oh, i so understand your discouragement from time to time..things do seem they will never change..I am so thankful the LORD gave you that precious one to remind you of the truth..may our eyes continuously be fixed upon JESUS who is heaven and does whatever HE PLEASES whenever HE pleases..there is HOPE FOR OUR HOODS!!