“God will sometimes break the strongest bone in your life when you think you’re very strong, so that from now on, you will say that the strongest part of you is…not your job, not education, not pleasure, not family, not friends, not what you attained or who you are -but God alone!” -text message from a friend
In one of my running sessions…
My plan of joining the PAU 65k in Aug. 29, 2010 in Pagudpud Island Ilocos Norte suddenly came to naught when our new work schedule was announced last Saturday -I have a duty every Sunday for the next 3 months. My new work schedule will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 am up to 2 pm. So, it means I’m on rest days on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
What a schedule!
I’m still working it out to swap my Tuesday’s off to Sunday but I’m still waiting for the approval of my co-officemate. If he will agree and someone will give me another Off on Monday in exchange for my Tuesday’s off the next week, then I can join PAU 65k.
What an irony. For the last 4 years, I can join races anywhere and anyhow. But now, things have changed. I can no longer control my schedule.
Like what the content of my quotation above, sometimes, God will break our strongest bone, not to make us bitter-but to make us better.
I’m not a saint or trying to be one, in fact, I’m also a sinner. I have my ups and downs,. There was a time I became a prodigal son. I ran away from God because I can’t understand His mysterious ways.
-Why there are so many injustices in the world?
-Why men are not created equal?
-Why godless men fluorish and godly men perish?
-Why He allowed suffering for some while giving success for some?
I have so many questions during those times. I ran away from Him.
Until one day, as a newbie runner then…He spoke to me and He revealed Himself to me like never before.
“Ronnie, someday you will understand WHY.”
And so I rested firmly on His words. Since then, I never questioned Him again WHY?
Instead, “Why not?”
What we have now is not permanent. Our job, family, education, strength, ability, skills, time. money, fame, power, influence, and even joining races…
I will always be a runner, but this time, not on Sunday’s races.
To all my running buddies out there – I miss you all.
Hoping to see you again sooner or later.
The strongest bone can be damaged or injured but it will definitely be healed and restored -in His time.
Keep looking UP!
God be praised.