Let’s Run    

By: Wanda Fielder


       Recently while keeping my three-year-old grandson, Lincoln, he looked at me appealingly with his adorable smile and bright eyes and said, “Let’s run, Nana!” Now keep in mind we are not outdoors but in the middle of my house, full of teapots, teacups and all other sorts of paraphernalia – not exactly the place to be engaged in running. Not only that, but I always taught my boys not to run in the house. Laying my better judgment aside and considering how excited he was, I looked up at him and said, “Okay, let’s run.” And run we did! Through the kitchen, into the living room, down the hallway, round and round we went. Around a chair, avoiding the coffee table, first corner, second corner, around the island, and so on we ran. After several trips through the house and becoming a little breathless, we stopped as he looked up at me and said, “That be fun, Nana!” Worth it? You better believe it!

       We are walking through this world amidst all types of obstacles. Our pathway frequently becomes cluttered with obstructions that impede our journey and slow our gait. We faithfully keep trudging along walking circuitously among the blockages and hindrances in our way. Sometimes discouraged or disappointed, but we never give up. We bypass the blockages and go over the hurdles and remain on the journey. Around the job loss, over the hill of illness, past the disparaging remarks, we continue to travel.

       Occasionally on our journey we feel the urge to run. Perhaps you have been gently prodded on by our loving Master who is with us every step of the way. I picture Him sometimes clearing our pathway of all barriers and stumbling blocks and encouraging us with the words, “Let’s run!” As our steps become more sure and steady, we take off with a zeal that is propelled by the winds of His Spirit. At times like this, we feel that we can accomplish anything, and we can!

       In the precious Word of God we are admonished, “And be ye not weary in well doing: for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not (Galations 6:9). And again in Hebrews 12:1 we are heartened by these words, “ . . . let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” So, my friend, I say to you, let’s run! Worth it? You better believe it!


Joy Haney, renowned author of many books, is the wife of the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church, Int., Kenneth Haney. They reside in St. Louis, MO.



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