I’ve had a very quiet running season so far. Only one race. No speed records. No personal bests. Just miles. Seven this morning.
The only folks who know I’m out there are my husband and a few other runners. And the dogs that bark. Lots of dogs.
Some seasons in our Christian lives are that way. We do our quiet work in the background. We read and study. We pray.
Nothing flashy or remarkable. No new ministries. Just consistency.
Those quiet seasons can be very good things. Here are some things I’ve noticed happening during this quiet season.
I’ve built endurance. In February, four miles was long. Now, it’s an easy day. It’s during the quiet seasons that we build patience and endurance in our faith as we wait and watch for God’s next assignment. What seemed difficult before may be a little less challenging as we developed greater intimacy and dependence on Jesus.
I’ve lost weight. When I put in the miles, it’s a natural result. In the same way, if we put in the time and effort into growing our faith, the natural result will be shedding unhealthy ideas and attitudes that hold us back or hinder us completely.
I’ve developed a habit. I miss it when I don’t run. My day feels “off” and I feel guilty. It’s in the quiet times that we cultivate a habit of talking to God, hearing from Him, soaking in His presence. Skipping out on that time can throw off or whole day.
I also know what I still need to work on. I get really tired after about five miles, so I’ll be experimenting with snacks either the night before or before I leave the house. My pace is not where I’d like it to be, so I’ll be focusing on that too. Likewise, it’s in quiet times that Jesus can offer help with our weaknesses or encourage us with new visions and goals.
What things have you learned in the quiet seasons?