Spring snow storms are really………..interesting. I chose that word because it was better than the cuss word I wanted to use. We recently had a storm that started on a Wednesday afternoon and finally melted off the following Monday. During this wonderful spring snow storm our basement flooded which normally wouldn’t be a big deal but we ended up having to pump the water out of the basement so it wouldn’t get to the level and put out our water heater pilot light. The exhaustion of continually pumping out water, carrying buckets out to the alley and then constructing a canal to drain water away from the house was in many ways worse than running an ultra marathon. Somewhere in this strange water marathon I realized that strength could only be exhibited by moving forward. As I was pumping out the basement wishing I was out running a mountain trail this strange verse came into my head out of nowhere. “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” Well with all the water my hands were pretty well clean but as I dwelt on this verse it dawned on me that clean hands come from surrendering pride and self-sufficiency to my God.
As we move relentless forward in this ultra life it is important to look at obstacles as ways to continue to put off the things that hold us back and see the ways that God is moving in our lives.