The Long Stretch of the Road

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It seems my current workout regime (walking/running in my neighborhood) has become rather monoteous and I need a change. Today I went for a walk in Crockett park. Its a delightful path covered in trees tucked away and hidden in the heart of Brentwood. The path is filled with runners, people walking their dogs, people roller blading, and children riding their bikes. There are about 5 different trails to choose from and they range from 2.4 miles to 8 miles. Today I decided to walk the red trail (2.4). With any workout it seems as if in the beginning I’m all pumped up and ready to go and eager to outdo myself. As the workout goes on and my body begins to tire, that is when I start to mentally check out and my determination starts to dwindle. Even though it was hot, I was tired, and my ipod died, I made the decision to continue on and accomplish the goal I set out for myself.

My views on working out are like my views on my work situation. At the end of school, I just could not wait to enjoy my summer vacation and felt confident that all would work out and I would be gainfully employed by the time the break was over. WRONG! It seems as if my agenda and God’s agenda are not matching up. I am now starting to mentally check out and my hopeful, positive attitude is giving way to stress and worry. My friends continue to tell me to keep my chin up and that the perfect job will come, but it seems as if my resume has landed in some black hole and is not coming up for air anytime soon.

It seems that during this long stretch of the road, I am going to have to fully rely on my principals, faith, and God’s truth. The future seems grim, but I know that God has a plan for me. Jeremiah 29:11 confirms that for me! Even though I have not seen, heard, or felt God’s presence in quite some time, I know He is right here with me. Isaiah 41:10 says, “You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you. Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” I am so thankful for studying God’s word and for knowing the truth. For without this truth, I would not have the strength to continue on this journey.

Love in Christ,
Nichole

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