Wednesday, January 25, 2012

running ahead





i run. it becomes harder to keep my head up as i climb the hill and trudge through the sand beneath my nike's.

so i keep my eyes cast downward on the crystal sand below me. my feet pound. slower. slower. until i quickly glance up, at least to see when i will be at the top of the hill.



isn't that the way life is? we see right down at our feet...right there in front. we worry and mess up and compare. we don't know what's going to happen because we're not looking up and ahead at the promising future. but God, God sees ahead. He looks at the whole run - the whole hill and beyond, He sees what's going on...what's going to happen. He has the future planned and mapped, figured and stored. all we have to do is look out and up.

sometimes i get caught in this narrow mindset. i don't see how a certain difficulty in my life could make me better and be preparing me for the future. just maybe, i could help someone else get through the same thing after i experience it.

wherever you are right now, look ahead - look out - look up. He's got it mapped.


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41 comments:

Elisha(: said...

memory.. this is fantastic.<3

Courtney B said...

Oh my gosh... YES! I love love love this post!

Breanne said...

Amen! Yes!

Annie Smith said...

Beautiful post, friend! When we can turn something difficult into something positive, that can be a meaningful thing.

Harley said...

love this post.

Jessica said...

amen.

sarah {on the brightside...} said...

such a beautiful message! thanks for sharing! :)

my soul is the sky said...

loved this. seriously. I love to run and have for years. Your use of analogy here was so beautiful. This was something I needed to hear and you wrote it in such a perfect way (:

Lindsey said...

Thanks for this great post. A great reminder that I needed right now while we're all a little bit stressed about trying to find a new work and place to move.
xoxo

Vicki said...

Great post! It makes me think of the passage, "All things work together for good to them that love God." We might not be able to see the good that can come out of a bad experience, but in the end, it's there.

~Vicki

Stesha said...

this makes me happy! I have been running a lot lately...my legs are sore!

Nichole said...

Great post and o my your new design is great!

Nichole said...

ps Your button is now on my page yay!

aMandalin Rochele said...

I LOVE this. Often I find myself looking at my feet as I walk. Why? I should be staring up at the glorious sky and the bigger picture - God's amazingness. :D

kaitlin {bee-loved} said...

ah, what an amazing way to put the big picture in perspective. It is sometimes *so* easy for me to get bogged down in the daily struggle.

you know what I like about you? you are so sweet and sincere and you have so much courage to speak about whats on your heart! kudos, and a virtual high five for you girl!

<3 ka-chow!

Rachel Sayumi. said...

Let's button swap :D

Erin said...

This is an absolutely beautiful post my dear!! :) Just lovely! I love that you used this analogy of running with a narrow mindset...so beautiful to see far out and wide...all the amazing things God is doing in our lives!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

yay!! your blog is letting me comment! the last couple of days it hasn't. thanks for tagging me in the 11 questions games and your sweet comments on my posts the last couple of days. you are a sweet heart!

great advice in this post today! you are so right...it's about the big picture and this short life is just a glimpse in eternity's eye. the Lord will watch and keep us. He promised!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

and...p.s. i've always wanted to do a photoshoot in a cotton field...i'll think of you when i finally do it!

siddathornton said...

i struggle with the narrow mindset as well. thank you for reminding me to look up & at the bigger picture.

erica marie said...

Thanks for this post, just what I needed to hear. Paying for school is killing me...sometimes you just have to remind yourself that it all works out in the end :)

xo erica

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Hi Memory! LOVE this post, you are so right. We just need to have faith that everything will turn out for us! Love that picture of the balloons. Perfect for the post! Also, THANKS so much for the sweet comment on our baby news last week! You are so nice!

Rolled Up Pretty said...

I thought I was following you too, weird I guess not! AM NOW!!! :)

mistergandme said...

great inspiration for the day! thanks girl :)

Elle Sees said...

when in doubt, that's what i always tell myself to calm down and just trust Him

Yara Simón said...

Great post and a great reminder. =]

Romi said...

Oh thank you Memory! That' really kind of you to say!

Elisha(: said...

you never cease to amaze me :')

Elisha(: said...

you never cease to amaze me :')

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Memory I really needed to read a post like this today. THANK YOU.

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

You write beautifully!! Wonderful words.

Erin said...

ok.. this is EXACTLY what i needed to hear tonight :) just what i was prayin about. thanks for sharing your heart and the truth, sweet girl! XO

Mongs said...

what an encouraging post! This is a good reminder to focus on God and not our circumstances. Thanks for sharing this Memory!

mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Camille said...

that is so true! we need to learn to llook ahead! awesome post!

Shalyn said...

This is such a beautiful post! You brought together 2 of the greatest things in life- belief in God and running!

two birds said...

what a beautiful post! it's so hard sometimes to see the bright side and all the opportunities that come from pain, but you're right, we need to keep looking!

LATOYA. said...

Awesome post! Great inspiration!

LATOYA. said...

And I'm beginning to love approaching people i don't know on the street and paying them a compliment about their style. They just seem to beam. Make's me feel good when they feel good....that made sense right?

Lena said...

So delighted that you stopped by my little blog. And even more excited that I found yours. I'm loving this post. "Look up," so much truth!

Jane said...

This is great, what a good perspective to try to remember. Not easy though, that's for sure.

xo
jane

Paula said...

So true! This is just the reminder that I needed. Thanks! :)


P.S. I love walking/jogging on my treadmill. It allows for some exercise and some life pondering.