Ok so it hit me today as I was running on the treadmill, (yes I know it's hard to imagine ME running but I promise I totally was). When things get tough, you gotta just push through it. When I'm "running" and I feel like my chest is about to explode, instead of slowing down, I bump up my speed for at least 30 seconds before slowing down. That way the next time I feel like stopping I can tell myself "you know you can do this for at least 30 more seconds." (Listening to one of my favorite running songs doesn't hurt either.) And I realized that for me when things get tough in my life, and I feel alone, and like God is no where around, that's not the time to quit. That's when I need to push it even harder. That's when I need to run with everything I have straight into His arms. Push through the pain, run past the fear. For me I've found that no matter how far I thought I was...turns out He was a lot closer then I thought. He always catches me when I throw myself into His arms. Not only that, I find that He's been running beside me all along. The really cool thing? The next time it gets hard and I feel alone I can tell myself "remember last time, He's right there." And He always is.
Heb 12 NASB
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.