As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” Luke 17: 11-19 (emphasis mine)
After reading these verses in Luke this morning, it reminded me of a sentence written in the small eBook* I’ve been writing.
“The beautiful you are seeking is discovered along the journey to your destination.”
God heals and changes hearts as we step out in faith. Transformation occurs on the road to the goal. The one healed leper understood this. God doesn’t wait until we reach the finish line to show us glimpses of His glory. Instead, the path we travel and the journey itself, becomes the beautiful miracle.
Yesterday, I ran my second 1/2 marathon. I hated running when I was younger. I was horrible at it. I’m still as slow as a herd of turtles. But, that’s okay. I don’t run to be the fastest. I run because of the joy discovered along the journey.
Yesterday, about 3/4 of the way through my run, I realized I was experiencing the best run of my life. And when I realized that there was a chance I was going to have a stronger finish then I did last year, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. As I ran along, I even thought of a tweet/Facebook status that would be fun to post when I finished.
Just had the best run of my life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals who helped make this dream a reality.
I didn’t end up posting this status, but it did provide a few smiles as I journeyed along the road.
I ended up crossing the finish line 24 minutes faster than I did last year! I am thrilled today. I am thankful today. I am sore today. 😉
* Hoping to cross the eBook finish line by the end of May! I look forward to sharing it with you all.