James 4:13-16 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is a sin.
This may sound a bit ridiculous, but I put all my faith in God today. I have struggled for several years now with running. Though I really enjoy doing it, my body doesn’t seem to feel the same way. Specifically, my feet seem to have undergone too much damage over the years and after about 2 miles my feet start hurting. It will usually start with a dull pain and if I keep going it will usually start to be really painful; to the point that I rarely, if ever run more than 3 miles. Usually by this point it feels like someone is jamming needles into my toes and the bottom of my feet begin to hurt so bad that they go almost numb. Needless to say, that I try to listen to my body and so don’t do much running. Today was a run here in Schönebeck that we signed up to do with René. René and Jeff did the long run (13.26 km or 8.24 miles) while I signed up for the shorter run (6.63 km or 4.12 miles). I have been running about 3 days a week to prepare for this race and only tried one really long run at 5 miles, to which I had to stop at least 3-4 times to give my feet a rest. So here we are at race day and my only hope for today was complete the run without stopping; I didn’t even care how fast I was. The run felt really good, though I started to feel my feet screaming at me with about 2 km to go. As I was running, I said a quick prayer asking for help. I really wanted to finish this race and prove to myself that I could still run. Much to my amazement, my feet never actually hurt (though they did start feeling numb, especially with about 1 km to go), but it was never so much pain that required me to stop and take a break. I was able to finish strong and again, said a prayer of thanksgiving—without Him I would never have been able to do this. This is the longest run I have completed, without stopping, for a very long time. I was absolutely blown away that I ran much faster than I have EVER run before—and I mean ever!!! I completed this 6.63 km (4.12 miles) in 39:35, which is 5:58 per km (9:37 per mile) and placed 9th in my age class and 53rd overall. This is beyond what I ever though I could accomplish and I am so grateful for His help.
Here are pictures of Anjali and Lucia’s kids run. Anjali finished 3rd overall and she was the 1st girl to cross the finish line! Way to go Anjali!
We met with the Hoffman’s for dinner at a small restaurant near their house for some amazing German food. We ate schnitzel, drank beer, and made some more memories with these people who will forever be apart of our lives. Saying goodbye is going to be much harder than I expected.
On a different note, today marks our last week here in Germany and I am beginning to feel how much I am going to miss these amazing people that we have met and gotten to know over the last 2 months. I am so grateful that Jeff and I agreed to follow God’s call to do this. We have gained so much during this time here and we would have never done this on our own. We owe all this to God, who continues to guide our path and plan our steps.