4 Ways Headwinds Build Perseverance | Lessons from Torrential Rain

Perseverance

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1)

Getting wet and running in the rain teaches a lesson about perseverance. While out on a trail run in Tulsa it started to rain and God used it to remind me of some great spiritual lessons.

1. GOD SEES THE BIG PICTURE

What may be a difficult or a negative occurrence for an individual may be serving a greater good. I got wet during my run, but farmers need rain. We can’t possibly see big picture of God’s plan from our narrow focus. God bringing water to the soil is far for beneficial than staying dry during a run. We spend so much time avoiding things that, in reality, can do us much good.  Focusing on physical comfort can make us lose out on so many joys God and nature have to offer. Be more attentive to God’s will and his plan and less to your own desires.

2. GOD IS IN CONTROL

God is most often found outside our comfort zones where we are so reluctant to go. We try to control everything.  We can’t.  Sometimes you get wet and that can be a good thing. Being stuck in rain reminds us of who is in control. If we would accept that, and live our lives that way, we could find true peace.

3. HEADWINDS BUILD PERSEVERANCE

A headwind on a run adds to the difficulty and challenge. Just because there is a strong headwind doesn’t mean you should skip your run.  It just means you have to work harder, which happens to be the only way to get stronger and build perseverance. Maybe that is one reason we have troubles in life.

4. LIVING WITH GOD GIVES JOYFUL PERSPECTIVE

Focusing merely on myself, I would have thought, “That run stunk.  It rained and wind blew in my face.  My shoes got wet.  It was miserable.  It hadn’t rained for months and it has to rain when I run!” By focusing only on ourselves we miss out on the many blessings God provides. Praise God for sending rain after several dry months. I am so thankful it rained during my run so I could face this lesson on perseverance!

REFLECTION

Comment below how you have seen God radically shift your perspective by spending time with him in solitude…



Guest Post | This article was contributed by Ken Cox who lives in Tulsa, OK.

 

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4 thoughts on “4 Ways Headwinds Build Perseverance | Lessons from Torrential Rain

  1. This is great! Thanks for posting about this. Running and hiking does bring me out of my comfort zone allowing me to pray and be alone with God. My attitude and outlook shift often when I go on runs, getting away from a situation to help me see the bigger picture and process it, asking God to give me his eyes in a situation. Getting out of the mundane allows us to step back and examine our lives, allowing us to retreat with God and see what He’s been teaching us and what more we have to learn from Him.
    During the holidays, when I’ve spent too much time with the family, a long run gives me an excuse to get away and to see and remember how much God loves them and why I should love them like Christ. Not only a great workout, but a great way for God to shift my attitude.

  2. Thanks for sharing Ashley,

    I had a similar experience when I ran with my 2yr old son in a stroller (push chair) along a beach. He was sick and my wife was sick of him. I was running downwind along the beach at lowish tide (hard sand) and was really enjoying it, my son fell asleep and I was praising God. I turned around at the end of the beach, the tide was on it’s way up, the hard sand was no so I was running on softer sand into the wind with light rain falling sideways… I reflected on 2 things:

    1. We often praise God in the easy times but forget to do the same when times get tough.
    2. I often surprise myself when I run 1 way without saving energy for the return trip. I want to work in my ministry like that – push hard without reserving energy… God always brings me home.

    • G’day Sam, Thanks so much for your comment and your personal story with your 2yr. old. I can’t believe he is 2 years old already! I really enjoyed the two principles you shared as well… I’ll remember that. I really appreciate you sharing your insight… it blesses people. I still remember sailing with you… that was a highlight for me. Thanks again for what you do serving young people in Sydney!