Today started off much differently than I'd planned. I woke up on my own and lay there awake for a second or two before I looked at the clock. It read 5:45, a good 45 minutes later than my workday wake-up time. AAH! :) I tossed off the covers, threw on my running clothes and dashed to the apartment complex treadmill. I figured that I'd tighten my routine and still make it into the office on time.
Well, here's the honest truth: Tightening my routine involved tightening my time with the Lord. I knew what I was doing when I ran out the door having not spent time with Him in prayer like I normally do. Typically, I get up at 5:00, spend 30 minutes in prayer and then hit the treadmill. Today, I just bypassed that and went for the run.
Lord, forgive me for prioritizing running ahead of You.
But God's grace is sufficient. Once I was running, I realized what I'd done and I mourned for the lost time I would have with my Father. But, that's when it hit me: "Can't I pray now? Is God not with me in this moment?"
Immediately, I turned off my iPod and began praying. Honest to goodness, my prayer time was so much more focused than it has been in previous training days. I was fully awake and in total concentration with Him. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I wasn't sitting in my apartment surrounded by objects of distraction. Either way, it was amazing. I felt so alive in the Spirit after praying during the workout. It was such a blessing. Thank You, Lord, for taking my misplaced priorities and showing me a great lesson. Thank You for Your grace and for being with me no matter where I go. Thank You for being completely and totally available to us whenever we call on You.
Wherever you are today, take a moment to realize that God's with you. As it says in Psalm 139:7-10: "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."