If you see me head out the door of my comfortable, dry house during a torrential downpour, you probably will think that I am BONKERS, CRAZY, CUCKOO, DERANGED, FRUITY, NUTS, SCREWY, UNGLUED…..or just plain WACKY. But actually one of the things I look forward to most as a runner is running in the rain.
Think about it for a minute. When you were young, your parents rarely allowed you to venture outside during a storm and even more rarely allowed you to splash through deep puddles in your good tennis shoes. But now that I’m an adult (I realize that’s still being debated in some circles), I can do whatever I want. My two or three top running memories all involve the rain, so BRING ON THE RAIN!
One of my favorite Christian recording groups, Casting Crowns, has a song called Praise You in the Storm. I couldn’t help but think of the following powerful lyrics as I was having an awesome, soggy moment on a recent morning run:
I’ll praise you in this storm and I will lift my hands. For You are who You are no matter where I am. And every tear I’ve cried, You hold in your hand. You never left my side and though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm!
BE ENCOURAGED my friend. The God of the sunshine is also God during the storms of life. Praise Him in all things for He alone is worthy!