Running Epiphany

runningepiphany.001In honor of my coming back to running after almost a year. 

Five years ago, I lived next to ULTRA and I would usually spend 30 minutes daily to run around the ULTRA track. One day, I was met by the guard, who apologized profusely. The track was closed to give way to a family day being held by a school. Then she proceeded to suggest “How about following the path towards DepEd?”

I thought, “Why not?”

As I ran I almost wanted to bang my head on the nearest tree. For almost three years that I had been living across ULTRA, I never discovered just how beautiful the vicinity of the track was! Trees lined the path and the terrain was definitely better for training. And I could have run on it for free! Imagine the hundreds of pesos I could have saved for the past three years. I never dared to venture out of the track because it was the routine I got used to.

Then I realized, aren’t we like that with our lives sometimes as well? We get so used to our comfort zones that even when we could have something better, we never dare to step out in faith… to step out of the boat. How many times have we forgotten that Jesus did not just die for us on the cross so we could live with Him in heaven forever, but also that we may live our life on earth in holiness, in health, in grace, and in joy? Hence, years pass by before we discover, hey, if I had stepped out earlier, I’d have experienced walking on water sooner! Most of all, it would have saved us a lot of discomfort, anxiety and pain.

If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat — John Ortberg

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. — Jeremiah 33:3

…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. — John 10:10

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