A Walking Reminder Part 1

I was in a 5K last weekend. I suppose, if you’re a serious runner, you would say that I was at a 5K. Our church had encouraged participation and we had around 40 people involved. Since a Saturday morning walk is part of our summer routine, I agreed to be involved. The only difference would be that this Saturday morning there would not be a stop at McDonald’s half way through for breakfast—no big deal!

It was a beautiful day—low humidity and cooler temperatures. The fellowship was great before the race. A little catching up and some meeting of new friends; a group picture of all those involved from our church. Then we moved to the starting line.

After a few instructions, the race began. Almost 300 people began to move at once as we stood there watching. Then we started. Since my wife was walking with a group of other ladies, I quickly decided to go on by myself. And that is how I spent much of the next 2 miles—walking by myself.

Now usually walking by myself is no big deal; however, this Saturday I was in a “race.” At first I decided that I could catch up with the next yellow shirt in front of me. It was one of those moments I have experienced with some regularity over the last few years. My mind and my body have this conversation . . . perhaps more of a debate. So my mind said “Let’s catch that yellow shirt up there about 75 yards.” To which my body replied, “You want to jog! You’ve gotta be kidding!”

In the past my body would have been far ahead of my mind and well on the way to ‘catching that yellow shirt.’ But with the passing of time (often incorrectly attributed to maturity), the mind has been in denial and the body in pain—at least the knees. After 2 miles, once the pain in each knee was in equilibrium, I did jog a bit here and there (and mostly at the finish line where the crowd was). I did cut the distance between me the yellow shirt to about 20 yards. I did finish.

I can write about this today because the pain in my knees is mostly gone. My mind and my body have gone 3 days without a disagreement. And as I reflect on my 5K, I reflect on the truth of God’s Word that “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41b).

About Charles McLain
I am Chair and Professor of Old Testament at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA.

One Response to A Walking Reminder Part 1

  1. Gordon Lovik says:

    I thought about 10K once
    However, someone stole all 10 K-rayons so I retired from running.
    Smart Move. . .just ask my knees

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