I have been running on the same stretch of the Greeneway several times a week since I was about sixteen years old. Running has been an outlet for me to not only get exercise but to release stress, to get out in nature and most importantly to meditate on and talk to the Lord. It occurred to me recently as I was running that this place was sacred for me. Over the years, I have been through so many different seasons of life. I’ve brought victories to God and pain to God on this path. Yet on this day, I was reminded that here I was, running almost seven years later, doing the same ole thing and I pondered on God’s faithfulness to me. I reflected on this space being a part of my routine that some even would consider quite ordinary and mundane. But the Greeneway had actually been a place of growth and healing for me. The reality that God had been working over the years in this place overwhelmed me. In the midst of just consistently bringing my cares to Him, He was working.
Oftentimes we long for this huge encounter with God that happens in an explosive way. For example, going to a conference or church service and hearing a direct word from God. Or seeing your baby for the first time and realizing how much God loves you in the same way you love that baby. However, God was showing me that so much growth and breakthrough in my life had come from a common place, a place where I was seeking him.
I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. Psalm 143:5
As God’s people it is so vital that when these moments of reflection happen, we soak them in. These moments where we are reminded that God has been with us every single day, working for our good and His glory. These are the moments that get us through our next battle, our next frustration or next pain. We serve a God that draws near to us when we draw near to Him. We serve a God that honors obedience and is close to us when we are brokenhearted. Our God wants to turn our ordinary, day-to-day places into sacred places.
Go and seek Him wherever you are and He will meet you there. You may not always believe and know in those moments that He is working. But when it’s time to look back, You will see His faithfulness there.