Today marks the final month of my journey of 1,000 miles. I have so many mixed emotions about this year coming to an end. I have had such a focused calling this year. I have been driven to listen to God's heart and follow His voice. It's been a part and yet it's been my entire self- Physically, calculating and tracking miles upon miles that I had to run, Spiritually, connecting to God's heart with specific requests and specific praise, and Mentally, creatively finding ways to raise money and think out of the box to help people in need.
While my legs need a rest and finishing the final miles this month is a refreshing thought, I am so emotional every time I think about this leg of the journey coming to an end. I am so thankful for the money that has been raised and finally being able to send it to Albania and I am so thankful for the changes that God has brought into my own heart, my family, my sponsors, and the country of Albania. In a way, it makes me sad to know all that I have set out to achieve will be accomplished and at the same time I have my listening ears open to hear what God would like for me to do now.
Plans change and although I did not expect to feel this unprepared as I set out to run my first marathon, I love that I must once again trust my Heavenly Father and ask for His strength to accomplish what He has asked me to do. Anytime we set out on a journey of audacious faith- believing things can and will happen is only part of what we are asked to do. In order to live a life of audacious faith, courage is required as we act on the faith that we claim to have.
I think about the story in the Bible of David and Goliath. Here is this young boy surrounded by grown men that are too frightened to fight the giant. He steps out in audacious faith and declares that he will indeed take on the giant and allow the Israelites to live in freedom. Everyone thinks he's crazy and tell him to his face that he's not capable of such a task. Wouldn't it have been great if God looked at David's audacious faith and allowed him the win without the risk or the fight? I think so many times this is what many followers of Christ want to happen. We want God to see our heart and know that we mean what we say and then give us a free pass and just take us at our word.
Courage is required along with our audacious faith. We have to step out on what we say and take on the giants in our lives and in the lives of the ones we love. We have to be willing to risk and to fight for what we believe God calls us to. It's so much sweeter in the hard times and times of desperation when God steps in and gives us the win for His name and for His glory.
This is what the marathon at the end of 1,000 Miles for Albania is all about for me. I know I began this year running the first mile with audacious faith after coming out of the first boot and now to finish the final 26 miles where it will take both audacious faith and courage on my part and allow the healing power of the Almighty God to be known. To finish in such a way that brings Him honor and glory is exactly the way I want this amazing journey to end!