By all means I AM NOT advocating you to do this. If you try you will fall face flat on the ground, break your teeth and die! So you have been warned.
But seriously, I was running my regular 5k and this thought came to mind: “What If I prayed while running?” and then I thought: “What if I close my eyes and let God guide me?” That would be a big trust in God’s power, no?
So I tried and could not close my eyes for more than two steps. I was afraid! But wait, that means I don’t trust God? I trust God, so I must let him guide me … could not do it. Fear just overtook my soul. “I’m going to fall, I’m going to run into the street and get hit by a car … a coyote will eat me … the IT clown will suck me into a drain.
And then I got sad. “Wow, I don’t think I trust God that much then.” I know this is radical and I’m not advocating for people to begin jumping out of bridges to prove they have faith. God historically don’t help stupid people. (Luke 4:12)
But is it not what we do with our life? We run 100 miles per hr and we want God to magically fix everything, but we don’t really trust Him to do it. We want to make sure we have money first, we want to make sure we have food, we want to be sure … we don’t want to trust.
I remember as if it were yesterday. I was 5 years old and my dad was helping me learn how to ride a bicycle. There were no training wheels 50 some years ago, so dad would hold the bike seat and walk / run behind me while I wobbled my way forward.
He would say “you can do it son, trust me”. But I was afraid, I was certain if he let go I would fall to my certain death. And then I began pedaling faster and faster. I was flying forward! “Wow dad runs fast and long, how is he able to run for that long?” I looked back and he was not there. I was riding by myself. I immediately stopped the bike. “Wow, dad is not helping, I’m going to fall … wait a minute, I did not fall. And now I have to go back and he is a mile far away.” So I turned around, mustered some courage and began riding back to him. I was afraid but I imagined he was running behind me, helping me. And from that day forward, every time I was afraid of something I imagined my dad behind me and I would go through.
We have a bigger DAD in heaven and He is ALWAYS behind us.
We just have to trust and believe in His ways. Psalm 62:8
“Trust in him at all times, oh people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 56:3
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Joshua 1:9
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
By The Way when I was running and trying to pray, I stopped and I figured out I can pray and walk with my eyes closed if I walk very slowly. So if you are struggling with Trust in God, slow down. Try small things at first, baby steps and slowly walk your speed up so you don’t lose sight of who really matters.
3 Replies to “Do you Run and Pray with Your Eyes Closed?”
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