A New Day

(Cue Celine Dion singing “A New Day Has Come….”)

So, I’m attempting to run again.  I can assure you this is definitely a process and something that I struggle with each and every day, but I’m still working on it.  I signed up for a little race at the end of October, hoping it would give me some extra motivation.  One thing I’m learning is that some days I feel amazing, where others, I trudge along feeling utterly defeated.

Last Saturday, was a gorgeous day, and I decided to embark on a little run.  To my utter shock and surprise, I actually enjoyed it!  I never had to stop and I ran a little bit further than normal, and then when I came back to my apartment, I even ran past it because I wasn’t ready to stop.  I mean, this is one of the closest things I’ve ever had to an outer body experience.  Who was this eager little runner?  Not me!

Fast forward to Tuesday…I thought “wow, since I totally dominated my last run, why not add an extra mile?  Easy peasy!”  So, Tuesday I embarked with a brand new pair of running shoes, and I even added new songs to my running mix (which hadn’t been updated in a year and a half).  So with Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Kei$ha, and Glee to keep me company (I know, I know, great taste!) I was on my way!

It only took about two minutes into Kelly Clarkson to realize this was going to be rough.  It was hot, I was tired, and I wasn’t as spry as I was on Saturday.  I waddled along determined  not to give up, but I struggled through the entire run.  I had to stop a few times to walk and each time I did not want to run again.  I did go an extra mile, but I’m not sure we could call it running.

Anyways, as I was walking home, feeling incredibly defeated, I couldn’t help but compare the two runs.  One was fun, breezy, and enjoyable.  The other was hot, long, and incredibly difficult.  How can I keep going?  I reminded myself of Anne of Green Gables’ beloved teacher Miss Stacey when she tells her, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”  

I always thought she was quoting a Bible verse, but to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never been able to find it.  However, Miss Stacey has a great point.

Tomorrow is a new day.  Similar to my drastically different runs, I think this comparison is also easily manifested in my faith as well.  Some days, are fun, exciting, and I just can’t get enough of God.  Other times, I don’t have the endurance, I make mistakes, and I feel like such a failure.  “God, how was I so quick to disappoint you again?”

Thankfully, in our faith journey, each day is a new day.  Each day, God’s mercies are new.  Each day, no matter what the previous one may have looked like, God awakens us, loves us, and let’s us soak in His goodness, love, and mercy.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
      Because His compassions fail not.
       They are new every morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 
“Morning by morning Your mercy awakens my soul.”
“The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
       he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
       he enables me to go on the heights.”
Habbakuk 3:19

Thank you Lord for each new day!