Rainy Days

There is nothing like an invigorating run in the rain!  I know you might think those are contradictory words, but it is true, running in the rain is refreshing.  It gives your run a totally different dimension and it makes for a great change to the normal running routine.

I have all the equipment needed to keep dry as possible for my runs in the rain.  The waterproof jacket, the water resistant pants, Scotch Guard sprayed on my sneakers, and a great hat to protect my head.  With all my gear, I barely notice that it is raining out.  It doesn’t dampen my spirit for my run at all.  Like I said, I find it a refreshing change from a sunny day.

Without all this gear, I can see why people might not like running in the rain.  Getting soaked to the core can leave you cold for hours.  It doesn’t make for a pleasant experience at all.  Much the same as a rainy season in our lives.  They can be very painful if you are not dressed properly for this time of your life.

You need to have protection against the elements, and the protection comes from being prepared.  Many times we are faced with elements in life that you cannot prepare for.  Things hit you like a hail storm, and it hurts.  Nothing can prepare you for the death of a loved one.  There is no preparation that can get you ready for a relationship gone bad.  No way can you prepare yourself for financial restraints that is effecting your family.

There are many things that you can’t plan for in this life and these things hurt and bring on a tremendous amount of stress.  You can’t avoid the pain of the nasty storms in your life, but it is your choice on how you deal with the suffering of this storm.  Pain is not a choice, but suffering is.  Just like running in the rain.  If I want to run through the rainy season, I am going to get wet, but I don’t have to suffer with a cold, wet body from my run.

In 1 Peter 4:12-13, it explains, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

We all have to go through our rainy season, and it can get very painful.  We have to learn to dress ourselves properly so that we are protected from the elements in order to limit our suffering.  Once you are finished running in the rain, you will feel wonderful and glad that you went for your run, even though it can be painful.

Next time you are faced with a rainy day, protect yourself with the word of God, and use it to keep you warm, dry and cozy to get you through the rainy time without too much suffering.  Remember painful seasons are inevitable in your life, but the suffering is your choice.