Before I head out for a run, I’ll step out my back door for a quick second to test the climate. I’ll know what to wear and where to run; noticing the temperature, wind direction and precipitation.
Stepping out last Monday, I knew in less than a second that running that day would feel like I am jogging in my bathtub with a hot shower running.
It was so hot!! And so humid!! And it was still early morning.
I had planned to run my longer route but immediately knew that wasn’t the wisest way to go.
Heat exhaustion is a real thing.
I run for physical and mental well-being.
Had I gone for my longer run that morning, the risk could have outweighed the benefit.
My need to be well physically, mentally and spiritually is real.
In my grasping for wellness; I need to pay attention to what I am grasping.
We can grasp at all sorts of things, prayer, social media, substances, food, exercise, meditation, relationships and this list carries on.
The question we need to ask ourselves, “Will it help me to be well or will it risk my wellness?”
The prophet Isaiah offers a wise way to go for absolute wellness.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31