After a beautiful wedding weekend for my dear friends Danielle and Ryan Caddell, I went home to my family for a day, then…made my trek home to Mammoth. I am tired, to say the least, and running has been challenging with little sleep. All more than worth it of course! Ryan and Danielle’s wedding was one of the most beautiful pictures of grace and love, and their love for one another. And, we partied the night away in sprinkling rain at Danielle’s home in Colorado Springs. Thanks for these pics, Brendan!
And, more smoke.
The closer I got to Mammoth, the more smoke I saw.
There is a bit of panic amongst the elites and my teammates in town. When will the smoke leave? When will the fires be contained?
Our beautiful mountains are in a haze. Breathing outside is challenging enough with altitude, but now, it’s suffocating, lung clogging, like being a life-long smoker.
That’s just walking around. Running is another animal and challenge.
I cringe to see young high school kids running around town, breathing in the fumes.
My team has cautiously driven to different locations, seeking trails with the least amount of smoke.
And, as we had a beautiful Russian themed dinner to send of Deena to the World Marathon Champs in Moscow, the conversations included solutions to escape the smoke, to leave the place we love to train.
I woke up this morning and was reading Mark 11:22-25…
Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”
So, I prayed God would clear the smoke so I could get in my hard workout: mile repeats, in town, something no one has been able to do for over a week.
The smoke cleared for only my workout…then rolled back in.
And, even the winds and waves obey the Lord.
So, as I trust the Lord each day that somehow I’ll get through the smoke, I am relying on the One who is all powerful, all controlling, and all knowing.