Friday, February 21, 2014

looking up

I've learned a lot of life lessons while running: Always wear comfortable shoes, watch for slimy-looking creatures, the first few steps are the hardest, and never say never (throwback to that one time I ran a marathon).

But last night I learned another lesson, and I feel it's worth sharing.

We put the Littles to bed after dark and, since I had some "spare time," I decided to go for a quick run. 

Since my spelunking-style flashlight headband was nowhere to be found (anyone else's kids have an odd fascination with flashlights) I took my phone with me to use the flashlight feature.

(Don't worry; I wasn't running on our back country roads. We have a long, winding driveway, so I stayed in it and simply ran up and down, up and down, over and over again.) 

I must pause here to be embarrassingly honest with you: While running in the dark and using my phone's flashlight, I was also checking my email, listening to music, timing my run, counting my laps up and down the driveway, and praying (so much to pray for these days...Ukraine's people, Sweet C, future plans, and the hurting families in our community, among others). 

Midway through the run my phone died, and the flashlight automatically went off, creating darkness around me. After a second, my eyes adjusted and I noticed a hazy glow above me. I looked up to see some of the brightest stars I've ever seen. Thousands of them, glittering, twinkling, creating roadmaps and--along with the moon--lighting the objects around me just enough to enable me to continue running without a light of my own.

And I got the message. "Jenny, I've got this. I created these amazing wonders that create beauty, light your whole path, and point people toward me, but you are too busy relying on your stupid plans and silly lights of your own creation to see the broader road ahead. Look up!!"

Those are actually fireworks, not stars, but I couldn't resist
the cute pic featuring Brody's long-gone curly hair.
So here's forgetting the phone, emails, and "to-do lists." Here's to refocusing and looking up.


"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."
- Psalm 19:1