You have all watched the zombie movies. The undead, with broken limbs, distorted faces and foul dispositions chase people through dilapidated buildings and abandoned streets. The zombies want you to become undead too. They want you to seek out others, infect them with your undeadness until the entire world is undead too. But the funny thing about these movies, I never seem to understand the ultimate goal of zombies. What happens when the entire world is undead and zombie-like? There will be no one left to kill and eat. Will the zombies turn on themselves? Can the dead eat the dead and survive? I think you can see my quandary with the zombies. But just in case you don’t know this, let me let you in on a secret: Running will help save you from the zombie apocalypse! It will also save you from trying to understand the motivation and goals of zombies. How, you might ask? Read on.
Many of you chose running, not just because it is a good exercise, but because it helps you connect with God. Zombies do not run and I have never seen a movie where they run at a 7-minute mile marathon pace. So if you run regularly, you don’t have to worry about zombies catching up with you. They will chase you and fail to catch you because they are missing limbs and they are dead and they have no adrenaline to pump up their hearts. However, if you are careless and fall while they are chasing you, well your running skills won’t help you! Here is another thing about zombies: I have seen few movies where these zombies – while alive anyway – have any kind of relationship with God. But rest assuredly when I tell you this – if you believe in God and he is your heavenly father, than no one can every separate you from his love – not life, not death, not the angels and not zombies. So even if zombies infect you with their germs – you still belong to God and he will claim you.
There is also another point that I would like to make. Zombies are not just in the movies and zombies are not always physically dead people trying to infect you. The zombie chasing you could be friends and family who encourage you to eat another slice of cake with chocolate sauce on top of the four fried pork chops you ate, when your diabetic self needs to go run a mile. A zombie could be the friendly pusher encouraging you to try “recreational” cocaine and ruin your recovery from meth and booze. The zombie could be the abusive loved one who puts you down and tries to crush your dreams because they think you need to stay in your place – under them. Or a zombie could be the mistakes of your past that still continue to haunt you and keep calling out to you and attempt to ruin your current fulfilling life. Zombies are all around us and good thing these zombies are dead and have no power over you – unless you give in to the fear and stop trusting in Him who made you. When you give the zombie power, you become the person in the zombie movie that falls down when they are just a few feet from freedom.
Have any of you ever seen the movie, Resident Evil, where the bad fighter chick destroys the zombies and saves the people. Girlfriend, you are the bad fighter chick and you can and will destroy the zombies in your own life. When I run, I feel powerful, just like that bad fighter chick. I feel as if I can fight or outrun the zombies in my life. I feel that if I have to, I can fight them and not just in my power, but with the power that comes from God. Running and walking help to clear my mind so that I can better hear the words from God. Running makes me strong and fearless so that I can better go about the work that God has called me to do.
So just so we are clear about a few things, I have a summary: Running is great. Walking is awesome. God is good. Zombies are bad. Trusting in God to direct your life and learning to run is a good way to escape the zombies.
My zombie rant was another way of telling you that God is with us and for us and that nothing can ever separate us from his love. God is our ultimate zombie slayer. Let us go to Psalm 138 for a clearer picture: “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out the plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me (Psalm 138, verses 7-8).
(The zombie photo is courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., that wants to encourage all Americans to create and emergency kit in the even of a natural disaster or zombie apocalypse. The graphic is courtesy of the world wide web and all the wacky that one can find on the internet.)
For a little added inspiration, here is a popular gospel song that talks about the mighty powers of God to do remarkable things — even when all seems lost. I think it might help keep the zombies at bay. I hope that you enjoy it. It always makes me break out in dance at my desk!
Prayer for today:
Dear Father, I want to thank you for today. I am grateful that I am alive. Thank you for a body that I can use to walk and run. Thank you for loving me and for sacrificing your son so that I could be free. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for encouraging me Thank you for not seeing me as the mistakes I have made, but for seeing me as the person that you know that I can become if I put my trust in you. I pray for all the runners as they prepare and race during this marathon season. You are an awesome God. You are a loving God. Thank You. Amen.