The Marathon Runner

THE MARATHON RUNNER: AN ALLEGORY

Eagle Wing dimmed the cheering voices as she stepped to the starting line. Bare-footed as was the culture of her country, she was sure and fleet of foot and ready for the marathon lying before her. Mapped out in her head she could revise every twist and turn, but her success depended upon the force of energy and guidance within her that was the Holy Spirit of her God.

Breathing deeply and focussing her vision on the distance, she took her place amongst the crowd of runners. No kneeling at a starting block as in a sprint, bunched up ready to shoot out of the starting position, extend herself a short distance, and touch the finish line – for her, this would be a race of endurance.  Endurance she had learned over a long time of discipline, falling and picking herself back up, learning from her mistakes.

Her God had taught her as they walked and ran in the fields. Her feet had been bruised and had needed healing.  He had left His throne – for he was a King – to tend to her.  He had bathed them, washed them, and tended them until they were steady, strong and fast.  This was the nature of the Kingdom she came from.

He had talked to her often, as they walked and ran, about the marathon that was to come.  Gradually her understanding grew until one day she felt confident in her ability and empowered to run her race.

The runners around her now, pushing and jostling for position, were all wearing high tech trainers.  They all seemed taller than her, but she was not daunted.  She had been taught her worth, her ability and her identity as a King’s daughter.  Her name described the strength and power of her identity, the ability to soar above all difficulties and the impact she had when flying in her gift.  It also signified the Freedom of her land and its culture.  She was a first-time runner in this marathon, a marathon to the end, but she was confident and expectant.  Fear would come and face her as he always did – but she had been taught to look beyond him, outface him or ignore him.  And now the day had come, for the real race. /Martina Davis copyright July 2016.

I continue to plan and write my Eagle Wing: Releasing to Rise series with my first book, Who Are You? The Identity Key.  Enjoy the journey with me!

RUN YOUR RACE. YOU WERE CREATED FOR IT.

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The Race – Part 3 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from a Physical Story

THE RACE – PART 3 (1 Cor 9.24-27) (Spiritual lessons from my physical story – see Parts 1 and 2):

What does what I have suggested mean?

  • Taking stock. Seeking God for purpose, priority, persistence. Then standing in it.
  • Pausing regularly to make adjustments. It is easy to keep going, harder to pause.
  • Depending fully on the Holy Spirit and receiving regular filling. We leak. Learning.
  • Asking Jesus to reveal increasingly who we are in Him. The Identity Key.
  • Understanding that it is out of the depth of the Infinity Pool of His love that we will overflow and see in the Spirit.

The Race – Part 2 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from a Physical Story

THE RACE – PART 2 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from my physical story earlier today (see Part 1):

THE ‘POSTURE’ KEY: Alignment. Focus. Vision. Stance. Consistency.

THE ‘STOPPING’ KEY: Refocus. Re-envisioning. Reviewing. Pausing. Adjusting.

THE ‘BREATHING’ KEY: Refilling. Refuelling. Receiving. The Holy Spirit.

THE ‘RELAXATION’ KEY: Letting go. Learning to work out of rest in the Spirit. Identity.

THE ‘SOAKING’ KEY: Going deep. Diving into God’s Love. Getting drenched in Him. Moving in and out of a different realm.

All counter-cultural.

All spiritual life-saving.

God is building marathon-runners with core strength to take the weight.

The Race – Part 1 (1 Cor 9.24-27 NIV)

THE RACE – PART 1 (1 Cor 9.24-27 NIV)

For four months I have experienced a physical training that has taught me spiritual principles. Paul speaks in these verses of not running aimlessly, fighting air, rather training and disciplining his body to run the race to get the prize. To do that, he was clear what that prize, that race, was for.

When muscles go into spasm you need to stop and adjust. The pain is just too intense. I was sent for x-rays, initial checks for breast cancer or bone malformations. Routine. All came back normal.  I’d already had healing prayer, and the swelling had gone down from constant impact, but a hard lump remained from which the pain radiated to my whole left upper body.

I went to my Physiotherapist who had not seen me for 4 years, and discovered that my left collarbone had been pulled so taut by my muscles that it had changed position, which was creating a cycle of pain.

We stopped all upper body exercise until we have manipulated the bone back into place (ouch).  We began constant stretches and weekly manipulation, with training and cycling for lower body and heart, and core body strength to allow the upper body to relax and be supported. It is proving fruitful.

One key is POSTURE.

In order for any of these things to work, they have to be done within a framework.  The physical framework is relearning posture, stance.

The next key is STOPPING.

If you are like I was, you throw yourself into things and you get focussed.  What I am having to train myself to do, currently, is to STOP. For me, for now, that means every 20 minutes!!  It means I refocus, stretch my body. Often, it means I drop some things I thought were important. This takes enormous discipline.

The next key is BREATHING.

My issue since childhood was hyperventilation.  Which means that muscles store up something which is damaging to them.  So when I stop I have to train myself to breathe properly from my diaphragm.

The next key, RELAXATION.

Deciding where and when to take time for yourself. Knowing yourself and your needs. Just being.

The next key, SOAKING.

Stopping to lie on your back and soak. What do I mean by ‘soak’? Taking what you know of the Scriptures and God, whilst putting music on, and lying down. Then focussing on Him even for 5 minutes.  The Holy Spirit ministers to you and you emerge refreshed.

In the next post (PART 2), I will share what paving stones this experience is laying in my life.

A High Level Gift Needs Intimate Relationship

Unhealed wounds, when knocked, are easily opened.

We can have a high level gift, without the deep inner knowledge of God as our Father.  If we use the gift whilst having a heart and spirit that is far from God as we have not yet connected with God as our Father due to deep underlying issues –  our ways of thinking and acting will taint what, why, when, where and how we use it.  This in turn will affect those we use it on, with and for.

Coming to know and understand our journey is so crucial to process and identity.  Getting healed up is essential.  Coming to know God as our Father through our intimacy with and growing knowledge of Jesus who is the exact representation of our Father God, is life-changing.

– Martina Davis.

The Eagle Wing series is the place I discuss this and my own experience in more detail.  I am still on the journey!