Running In A Spiritual Storm

rainrunJust this morning I was wondering what advice could I share about running in the rain. If it is raining lightly, you can just run faster and hopefully you can get home quicker. A little rain will not hurt you, nor should it endanger your run. If it is raining hard, you can stop and seek shelter. If it is a thunderstorm and you are in peril, you have other options such as calling a friend for help or even catching a bus or a train so that you do not have to endanger yourself. If the storm is the kind the weather service says can destroy life or limb, like a hurricane, then I advise you is to seek a safe haven far away from your home.
We can take the same advice when we are running through spiritual storms. Some are light and we just need to keep going; do not let the enemy stop us from our running goal. If the rain is hard, we may need to seek temporary shelter until the rain lets out. We could ask a friend or loved one to pray for us and talk with us. We too must pray. If you are in a thunderstorm or severe storm, we may need the safe haven of our church, and to speak with our pastor or one of the elders. And we must have faith that the storm will pass. We must trust that God is with us, helping us. This may sound scary, but here is the good news, no matter how much pain, difficulties and disappointments rain down on us, we can always find safety with our God. He will be there for us always, to love and comfort, provide mercy, correct and encourage. In life we will get wet when we run in storms, but the best protection is not a mere umbrella, it is our shield of faith. We must also put on spiritual rain gear. In the book of Ephesians, Paul reminds us that we need God’s strength to get through the storms of life:
“Put on God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies – the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world: and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world( Ephesians 6: 11-12).”
So what kind of armor should you wear to fight this evil? If it was a physical run, you would wear running clothes to wick away moisture, cozy socks, comfortable sneakers, a hat, maybe even a rain parka over your running clothes. If you are running through a spiritual storm, Paul gives us specific examples of what we should be wearing into battle in order to go through the storm successfully: “ … You will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God’s approval. Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit – which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6: 13-17).”
Paul also tells us that during these times we should pray. We should ask our heavenly father for the things that we need and to “plead with him, reminding him of your needs and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere.”
I remember reading a story once about a famous gospel singer. That singer had repeated some knowledge her elders had taught her about the Christian life. The wise words were this: We are either going into a storm, currently in a storm or coming out of a storm. I do not necessarily agree that we are always in the midst of storms, but I know that storms do occur in our lives. We cannot escape pain or disappointment in our lives. And, life is not fair. But we can rest in God and know that he has equipped us on how to ride out a storm … until we can rest safely with him in eternity.
So ladies, keep running — through storms, sunny days and blah days when you just do not feel like it, and know that God is with you, running beside you and he wants you to run this race to win – just like the apostles have taught us.
Be blessed!
Richelle

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Richelle Clark is a writer by trade and a slow runner by choice. Despite her inability to break a 10-minute mile, she still likes to break a sweat running and walking. She even added some CrossFit to her routine. Richelle hopes that her blog and her other websites will encourage you to strengthen your relationship with God so that you are physically and spiritually fit. Check out her spiritual and physical training schedule at www.runforyourlife.mobi.
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