On Saturday, the day unfolded, full of possibilities.  On this day, my dog Lily and I would attempt to walk our first 5K. As we started our trek in the forest preserve, it was misty and damp, adding an air of mystery to an already burning question…could I finish the walk?  Did I really have what it takes to walk a 5K?

Less than a year ago, after my surgery, I thought it was a big deal if I could walk to the end of my driveway.  Since then, I’ve been in training – especially with a puppy, who needs more exercise than I could possibly provide her!  We’ve been walking further and further, but I doubt we have ever approached the 5K distance.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been fearful that I couldn’t make this walk.  I wasn’t out to break land speed records.  No, I just wanted to go the distance.

As I timidly started, I felt God’s presence on this endeavor.  It was as if He was saying, “Go for it, girl!  Your potential is not limited by you because you have a limitless God living in you.”

This message resounded in my heart and made my feet seem a little lighter and the trail just a little shorter.  The lush spaces of the forest preserve had opened up my heart a bit and let out most of my fear.

As I peered down the trail, it was no longer a challenge, but a joy.  I felt I was starting a grand adventure, overflowing with all the things that God would have me do.

Which isn’t to say it wasn’t a personal test.  I’d like to say I aced it, but the sad truth is that it probably took me as long to walk 5K as some elite runners complete a marathon.  I was never so happy to see my car in the parking lot as we neared the end of the walk.  But I finished – and that’s what I set out to do.

Whatever you are facing this week, it is not too big for Him.  And whatever your limitations may be, you are not too small for Him to use you.

So, stretch yourself and go for it!

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