Stumbling block or stepping stone
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I love to watch Joel Osteen. He always reminds me that I can either let situations be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Right now I am facing difficult situations. I am sure everyone who reads this is facing difficult situations too. A friend told me that Rick Warren (pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life) says that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm. Sometimes it seems that all three of those things are happening to me at the same time--this is one of those times.
In the midst of all of my challenges, I have completed my Couch to 5K training, created a Sparkpage and began blogging, fell off the wagon with my eating and tracking a few times, got back on the wagon, cried my eyes out, wiped my face and kept going.
Today when I finished my run and began stretching the tears began to flow. I might not have been able to contain them if I had not made the decision to let my challenges be stepping stones. After I pulled myself back together I looked up and saw a rainbow. You may be thinking what is the big deal about seeing a rainbow--well I asked God to please give me some "delight" (something I learned from Beth Moore's Bible studies) last night and I believe that rainbow was His answer. It was so cloudy but there in the sky was a rainbow to encourage me. When I saw it I remembered the scriptures in Genesis 9:12-17 about the rainbow being a symbol of God's covenant. Tears came to my eyes just typing that and remembering how my day began. These tears are different from the tears that I cried after my workout--these tears are tears of joy not sadness--these tears are my favorite kind of tears. I hope to cry more tears of joy and less tears of sadness as I keep moving along on my stepping stones.