A year ago today, I arrived back in the United States with six kids (Jason stayed for another month). Before leaving Indonesia, I completed the last of the 1000 miles I set out to walk/run during our year. You can read more about that journey HERE.
As I think over the past year, with all of its joys and struggles, I am aware of how much my quest to cover 1000 miles was part of God equipping my mind and spirit for what was to come.
This past year, I believe, will stand out in my mind always as a year that shaped me. Through the deep pain and the deep gladness, I have learned to lean deep into the Lord and into who He made me. Never have I felt such a struggle between God’s purposes and the world’s, between my will and the will of my Father, and between the pull to life on earth and life in eternity.
This past year, I have learned about my deep selfishness and God’s deep grace. I have become more convinced of a deep need to work and a deep need to rest. I have experienced God’s serious expectations of obedience as well as His deep grace in freedom.
I have grieved deeply for the piece of my heart left in Indonesia (reverse culture shock was far more arduous than I was prepared for.)
I have tasted the goodness and blessing of an amazing church family and have learned what the body of Christ truly looks like.
I have looked expectantly to the future, of a life using our unique gifts to give the great gift of God’s Word to others.
My 1000 mile journey, I am convinced, set the stage for the next 365 days. The lessons I learned over the miles were lessons God knew I would need.
- I learned to persevere, even in the face of illness, fatigue, and bad cases of the I-don’t-want-to’s.
- I learned rest isn’t optional, it’s essential.
- I learned to use the downhills to my advantage and give myself grace on the uphill.
- I learned that speed is far less important than tenacity.
- I learned that sometimes, it’s better to just stop and enjoy the sunrise.
- I learned that I am capable of far more than I think I am.
- I learned that the choices I make affect the choices of others.
- I learned that consistency is the catalyst for success.
- I learned that the key to strength is to be torn down in order to be rebuilt stronger.
- I learned that our future is always dependent on the choices we make today.
- I learned that a specific goal is far more beneficial than an ambiguous desire.
- I learned a little each day accrues faster than inconsistent bouts of determination.
God used my desire to “do hard things” to prepare me for what was to come. He knew what I would need in order to accomplish His will.
1000 miles prepared me for a much more important journey.