“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
It was a day to forget. An ordinary event suddenly became extraordinary. Instead of a marathon of runners it became a sprint of terrorist activity.
I remember the terror, the disbelief, the expected triumph of training turning into the despair of death. We don’t talk about it much; after all, two years have gone by but I haven’t forgotten. I’m a semi-runner i.e. I jog most days but I would hardly call it running. I don’t carry a cellphone and I keep my jewelry to a minimum. I try to stick to routes which are populated but that doesn’t mean there would be someone available to help me if something untoward happened. I expect to leave home and then return safely but who knows? We’ve had joggers been victims of hit and run accidents, robberies, attacks … yet I run. I have to. For me (well, for my tired cellulite-ish body). So I press on just like everyone who would have been training for that marathon in 2013.
It’s unfortunate we never know when or where our lives may be threatened. We can’t see into the future which means we can only plan ahead and then hope for the best; we don’t even know in advance if our plans are adequate or not – yikes!
What we do know however is that God tells us not to be afraid. No matter what happens we are loved, especially when we are not safe; actually, maybe we are loved even more then because that’s when we get to experience God’s angels sent to minister to us. So let’s try not to be afraid (and that extends I suppose to people like me who are usually chicken about everything). Let’s try to live our lives fully in the moment without worrying too much. And then, IF something happens, let’s still not be afraid … because help will come.
Here is an excerpt my thoughts on the Boston Marathon in a post written on April 17, 2013:
God constantly tells us: “Do not be afraid.” Yet there is so much unnecessary violence in our world today that I am afraid. I am not only afraid for myself, but for my friends, family and loved ones. Anything can happen to any of us in the flash of a moment, not because God planned it but because we live in a world where evil people make evil decisions which lead to evil results. It is for this reason that it is not safe to go to the movies or you may be shot, your children are not safe to go to school or they may be shot, it is not safe to walk down the street or you may be shot … the list can seem overwhelming and endless. Read more
Today I pause in my running to send love and peace to all those who suffered as a result of the Boston Marathon Bombing (click here to read a survivor’s super inspiring story); we remember and honor you – run and press on!
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Do you run or jog to stay healthy and fit? Do you compete in marathons, 5K or 10K races? Are you more careful or afraid since the Boston Marathon Bombing? Share your story; leave a comment … or two 🙂