We live in a culture that craves immediacy. We invented microwaves so we could have food in 60 seconds or less. The ‘pony express’ gave way to telegrams, which gave way to landline phones, which gave way to cell phones, which gave way to ‘smart phones’ with instant messages… each time, we celebrated the fact that we’d have to wait less.

Today, so much around us moves at a break-neck pace. But God hasn’t changed his view on time. He’s hasn’t become obsessed with immediacy like we have.

It’s interesting to me that, in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk, God tells a guy named Habakkuk about an amazing thing he’s about to do. But then He adds an asterisk on the end. He says:

“The vision will not happen for awhile. It has an appointed time. Even though it seems a long time coming, wait for it. It is not a lie. It will happen.” Habakkuk 2:3

Even a few thousand years ago, God knew it was human nature to expect things to happen right away. He was careful to remind Habakkuk that just because it doesn’t happen as quick as he thinks it should doesn’t mean it won’t happen or that God lied.

I think this is an important reminder for each one of us (or at least it is for me). I often expect the prayers I pray, the hopes & dreams I have, and the plans I make to happen right away. I get discouraged when it seems like things aren’t progressing fast enough. I sometimes start to doubt own abilities and question God’s faithfulness when things take too long.

It’s a good reminder: God’s plans have an appointed time. That time might not be now. That time might be a long time off. But, just because it’s not happening now doesn’t mean it won’t.

There was a time when everyone believed that it was physically impossible for a human to run a mile in less than four minutes.

…that was until May 6, 1954 when, at the Iffley Road Track at Oxford University, Roger Bannister, became the first man to break four minutes for the mile, with his time of 3:59.4.

Since that day, approximately 1600 other men have accomplished the same feat. Each one following Bannister’s example and doing something that, for generations, had been considered impossible.

One of the greatest things you can do in life is to be an example. Bannister is an example who granted permission for other runners to do the ‘impossible.’

I believe we’re each called to, in some way, do the same thing. Whenever we take on a difficult task (in sport, faith, family, career…)  or attempt something deemed ‘impossible’ we’re not just doing it for ourselves, but to inspire others to do the same.

Go do something ‘impossible.’

So, I’m writing a blog post about a pair of shoes… I’ve never never really thought I’d be doing such a thing, but getting really pumped-up about the release of new pair of shoes seems to be one of those strange & crazy things that happens when you fall in love with running. The shoe I’ve really gotten pumped about is the Saucony Kinvara.

Last year, when I really started getting serious about running again, I realized that I needed a real pair of running shoes. I’d been running in randomly selected shoes that I found at athletic department stores. However, as I learned more about running and started getting some great coaching, I realized that I needed to get some real running shoes… so I visited Potomac River Running to get hooked-up.

I’d heard a lot about ‘minimal running’ so the light-weight Kinvara 2 was intriguing to me. The people at the store had lots of great things to say about it, so I ended-up buying a pair. They advised me to transition into the shoe slowly since it was a more minimal shoe than what I’d been running in; I found this hard to do though because once I put them on, I didn’t want to go back to my other shoes.

1 pair of K3s

1st pair of K3s

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