Guest Post from Stephen Robinson
Note from Sue: I love the way my life intersects with another person in seemingly coincidental—but, in truth, divinely inspired—ways. Stephen Robinson is one of those persons. When I decided to begin blogging a few years ago, I knew I had no interest in, nor ability to do the technical groundwork. One day at church I asked Stephen if he’d be interested in helping me set up a website and blog. He was interested!
My partnership with him has been seamless. He’s not only a strong, athletic man, but is in the purest sense of the word, a gentleman. His devotion to his wife and three girls is evident. His love for God is authentic. His patience with this non-technical granny is admirable.
Please join me in welcoming Stephen’s guest post today and congratulating him on his special ‘soul-care’ accomplishment!
Last Thursday night was the CDA IRON SERIES Finisher’s Banquet held at the CDA Resort. The Banquet was a fun-filled evening spent celebrating dedication, hours of training and sacrifice to achieve the goal of finishing.
Thirty people signed up for the full and half IRON SERIES. Only 18, including me, finished. I practically jumped out of my chair at the chance to share with other attendees my experiences as first-time finisher of the full Iron Series.
Tears streamed down my face as I shared about the support of my incredible wife and girls who were with me for each event. They followed me on the second lap of my marathon. What a long day! Jamara, my wife, was on the steps of Independence Point when I finished my swim, and my family was there at the finish line of the Coeur d’Fondo.
As I look back on this summer, I realize how much I relied on Jamara and the girls at each race. They were my support crew, my first aid station, and they had nutrition and hydration which were essential for my success. Regardless of how long each event took, I knew they would be there to support me and be proud of me in the good and bad times. Isn’t that a beautiful metaphor for the way our Heavenly Father cares for us?
One of my favorite Bible verses sums this up perfectly,
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
One day last week I was up early, spent time in the Word and headed out for a quick 3-mile run. About halfway through my run, I was really tired and found myself out of breath. I felt confused because I was struggling. Only a few short weeks ago I biked 116 miles around Lake Coeur d’Alene through some tough hills. Why should I be struggling on a short run?
Then It hit me. I had slacked off my previous training regimen, and that was the difference. I realized it is the same with my walk with the Lord. If I take a week–or even a few days—off, I can get out of sync.
Over the past 9 months of physical training and spending time in the Word, my love for the Bible has grown. I no longer look at the Old Testament as mysterious and disjointed from the New Testament.
- It is exciting to have those “aha” moments when I realize what it is means that Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1st John 2:2).
- The New Testament is full of prophecies fulfilled from the Old Testament which is really exciting to me.
- Worship is more meaningful now. As my faith grows, the words in worship songs mean more to me when I am rooted in His Word.
I don’t want to lose that momentum. I don’t want to go through my days wandering aimlessly, with dry spells in between my time in the Word.
A week ago, I signed up for the CDA 70.3 half ironman in June. My training continues, but I realize my excitement is for the morning time I’ll be spending in God’s Word.
Starting my day reading how much God loves me. I can’t think of a better reason to get up early.
If you are like me and don’t know where to start, the free YouVersion Bible app has some great reading plans to help you get started on your journey.
Here I am at the CDA Iron Series Finisher’s Banquet.