This weekend was an Ironman event in Wisconsin. Watching many of my “friends” on Facebook complete this event was so exciting. Congrats to all that can now call themselves an IRONMAN. What an AMAZING accomplishment!!!
In order to complete an Ironman event, there are months and months of training and many sacrifices that have to be made. Most of us cannot just wake up one morning and say “I don’t have anything going on today so I think I will participate in that Ironman event going on”. Your body and mind have to be trained to withstand up to 17 straight hours of exercise. For most of us, this is an intentional, precise, and intensive training to complete 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running. This requires a DAILY commitment to your goal. I have always been crazy impressed with those that can do this.
Mo and I both made one of our goals for 2012 to complete an Ironman distance event. I was going to complete the 70.3 (1/2 Ironman) and Mo was going to complete the 140.6 (this is THE Ironman distance). Then, God showed us that He had a different plan for our lives. We realized that we would not have the time necessary to train and knew that NOW was not the time in our lives for that.
Mo turns 50 in March. One of his biggest goals in life was to complete an Ironman before he turned 50. Sadly, he had to let go of that dream last week. It was a difficult decision for him to make!
This morning while doing my devotional, God spoke to my heart. We are still doing an “Ironman”…it just looks A WHOLE LOT different…and we won’t get to wear the little “Ironman” logo…or have to swim, bike, and run for extreme distances. God has been training us for years for His “Ironman”. Most specifically, He has been training us for this move to the Dominican Republic.
Lately, I have been saying “Enough already…let’s just go ahead and move! This waiting is driving me crazy”! What I took from this morning’s reading revealed to me why we are still here.
God is constantly training each and every one of His followers. Each of us has our own “Ironman” race to run. God will gently reveal areas in our life that need to be improved or changed…little by little, then train our mind, body, and spirit to live differently and in a way that is pleasing to Him. We are all in His “gym”…He is our personal trainer.
He spoke to me this morning that the reason that we are still here is because we are not fit enough for the main event. The devotional stated if we do not allow Him to prepare us properly then:
“…when the crisis comes instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit. Crises always reveal character”
“…when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.”
Oh my…I don’t want THAT!!!
This is a daily commitment. I will continue to listen to Him as He points out areas of my life that still need to be trained…and put the hard work in that is required for His race. I will never be perfect or be an “elite athlete”. I want to finish this race…and feel proud that He trained me specifically for this event…and to know that He is proud of me…to feel the tears of joy…to know that I have left it ALL on the asphalt…as I cross His finish line!!!
(As for the actual Ironman event…maybe some day!)