Thankful I'm Never Lost!

Okay, Okay … you are probably shaking your head. Perhaps maybe even smiling a little. “Yeah Right!! You’ve never been lost??” Well … maybe I have …

In my younger years, back when I was in high school, I used to run Track and Cross Country. I loved running. It was something I could do on my own or with others. I even ran in the summer and off season and for fun I ran a few 5K’s. I’m pretty sure all of my school and fun run shirts are sitting in a tote or two in the garage waiting for me to turn them into a quilt. I just haven’t been able to part with them all these years even though I don’t look at them.

If running is so important to me and something that I enjoy, then why did I quit running after I went to college. It’s a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The best answer I have, is I got lost. Now, I know that I stated earlier that I’ve never been lost. At that junction in life, the friend I enjoyed running with could no longer run due to back problems. Did that mean I had to stop? I did. I let other things in life take a higher priority. Good, bad, indifferent, I’m not sure, probably a little of each.

A month or so ago, a wonderful friend decided she wanted to run her first 5K. She asked if I would like to run it with her. I said sure, I could do that. Now, remember, it has been about 20 years and a few pounds later since I’ve done any sort of running. How hard could this be right?

One day last week, I decided for fun, to set the speed on the tread mill at the gym for a fifteen minute mile. That’s slower than my fastest time and after all it was only a mile. I was feeling pretty good until about the 10 minute mark and I began to wonder what I’d gotten myself into. I was tired, this was only a mile and our 5K will be two more than what I was trying to do that day. “Only 5 more minutes” I told myself. As those minutes SLOWLY ticked away, my mind wandered to places it hadn’t been since my youth. Yellow Team t-shirts. Running tights with reflective runners on the leg whom we fondly named Frank, Billy, Bob, Jim and Bo. (Don’t ask, I can’t remember why LOL). Coach with her stop watch. Coach having us run with potato chips in hand, relaxed as to not crush them. A finish in the sand (that’s not an easy task). Coach and fellow runners and family and friends, cheering each other on, regardless if we knew each other or not.

Wow!! You can think about a lot in five minutes. The time expired and I had accomplished my goal for that day. Woo Hoo!!! Now I just have to add a few more miles before January. J

I finished up my workout and as I left the gym that night, I was very, very thankful for God and the family and friends he has placed in my life. I am thankful for my friend who is like another sister, who without realizing it has helped me begin to find my way. See, I got lost … in my world … in my eyes. I got in my own way and forgot something I enjoyed. I’ll never run as fast as I once did and I’m okay with that. I am however smiling because I have been transported back to a time in life that I remember as being good. Memories are a beautiful thing. All of the experiences that I am able to reflect on, whether good, bad or indifferent, have all shaped who I am today. I am a child of God.

I am most thankful that while I did indeed get lost, I WAS NEVER and WILL NEVER BE lost in the eyes of God. God always knows what He’s doing. It might take us awhile to get where we need to be, but that’s part of the journey.

As we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, may our thankfulness and open hearts carry into every other day of the year, not just one day. May we cheer each other on and remember, that we are NEVER lost in the eyes of God.

Dear God, Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the people you place in our lives. May we remember to cheer each other on regardless of our similarities and our differences as we are all your children. May we please remember that while we get in our own way, you will always have our backs and we will never truly be lost. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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