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Running for Sunrise

July 13, 2009
Part of the White Rock Trail

Part of the White Rock Trail

On Sunday morning, John was up and ready at 4:30 AM so I decided to do my long run of 7 miles for the day. I started at 5:00AM. Since it was still dark out, Jeremiah followed close behind me in our SUV. Running that early just isn’t fun to me. Everything is closed. No one is around. And I longed for sunlight.

No matter how far I run, I always run on Swiss Avenue, a well-known street in Dallas lined with historic mansions. I pictured everyone snug in their beds. Past Swiss Avenue, I jogged on the sidewalks of Lakewood, a charming area where my final destination would be. On the left in the distance, I saw a few workers at Whole Foods getting their day started. I smelled doughnuts from a local shop, reminding me of my intense hunger pains. Past the neighborhoods, I reached White Rock Lake where I had around 3 miles left.

At last, the sun  pierced through the clouds- bursts of bright pink and orange. Fishermen were out for their morning catch. Cyclers, walkers, and runners breezed by- sweaty and short of breath just like me. The light I had longed to see had finally arrived and it was beautiful. It gave me a new burst of energy to finish what I’d started.

There are days where I sense darkness, that I’m in a valley and I just long to be with Jesus and to be at home in heaven. This is not at all to say I don’t love life. I absolutely do. God has given me fullness of joy in His presence. I love my husband, my son, family, and friends. I’m overwhelmed all the time by God’s grace and goodness in my life. And it’s depressing to think about dying one day. But I still have days where my heart longs for my eternal home in heaven- where I’ll be healed from the brokenness of sin within me and restored to God’s perfect image.

At the end of 7 miles and wanting to eat a dozen doughnuts, I was encouraged that in Christ, there is no darkness at all. He is the light and gives light to everything. He alone is what our hearts are chasing after.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    July 13, 2009 5:36 pm

    That’s a long run! I didn’t know you were running seriously again. I haven’t commented in a while but have still been reading faithfully! There’s a lot going on. Have you checked out Aurora’s blog in a while? If not, you should! 🙂


  2. July 13, 2009 6:23 pm

    Good writing!

  3. Jessica Lynn Muto permalink
    July 13, 2009 7:05 pm

    sounds wonderful 🙂 I’m a bit jealous – there aren’t any trails to run and no one to run them with me! therefore… I do not run (also because it is already 102 degrees and it’s not even noon yet.)

  4. July 14, 2009 2:42 pm

    That does sound wonderful and I’m not a runner at all! 🙂 I’m so proud of you Samantha for being so faithful to running and getting back up to where you used to be at. It’s encouraging to me, especially with all that you have going on. Thank you for this post, too. It was really insightful! Hope you have a great day!

  5. July 14, 2009 9:18 pm

    Thanks everyone. Anna- yes I’ve seen Aurora’s journey on her blog. Everyone should check it out at

    She is truly inspiring and it’s so neat to see how God is working in her life.

    She has a great purpose and will be running from Dallas to Galveston in the fall.

  6. January 22, 2010 3:13 pm

    Samantha, I absolutely love the eternity in the posts that are getting linked up at my blog today. It’s like right now, everyone is looking to remember that *this* is not all there is.

    Thanks for linking up, and for your awesome affirming comment. *warm fuzzies*

  7. January 22, 2010 3:42 pm

    I agree that there is always a tension between wanting to live our lives and wanting to just BE with Jesus.

    Lovely post!

  8. January 22, 2010 4:24 pm

    I really relate to this–both as a runner (who longs for sunlight!) and a believer–who longs for relief from my failing, sinful flesh. Great post!

  9. January 22, 2010 6:24 pm

    Wonderful post! The title had me hooked from the beginning!

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