A flooded woods on Grasmere Water. Will the water ever recede?
I started my run not knowing where I was going or by what route I would take. It had been a hard day so the freedom of the woods at night, leaping from rock to grass and avoiding the odd puddle and low hanging branch. I wasn’t really thinking about the route, just the immediate steps in front of my face. Would I emerge out of the other side.
Do you ever have those days were you believe you might not actually get to the end of them? Where right from the start you are faced with opposition. With such challenge that you don’t know if you have the strength to carry on. Where every moment might change and you need support, but you can’t find a quiet spot to pray.
I believe we all have days which test us to our limits, but we need our support. It’s easy to say God is our support but we also need support from those around you who are your family or friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. Do we ever feel that we deserve the prayers and support of others? As a man, it seems hard to ask for prayers perhaps because it might seem like we are failing, but we all need prayers.
One hymn that really sums up this feeling of overcoming the hopeless moment is “Abide with me”
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me
Singing this hymn is always emotional for myself and many others as it is a popular one at funerals, but the message is one of absolute hope, that what ever may befall us, we have hope that God’s presence will be with us.
After many prayers and a treacherous woods at night I jogged back onto the main roads and casually carried on until I arrived safely home.
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust:
We need family and friends to build us and we also need the spiritual help. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Dear Lord I put my trust in you, that you will lead me clearly and you will give me strength to get through the days ahead.
In Jesus name