I’m posting a long overdue update on my couch to 5k progress. Last year (9/2018) I was successful in completing a 5k run after a thirty plus year hiatus from running. This year proved to be a different story. I did go out for a handful of runs this spring and summer but the aftereffects gave me pause to stop and reevaluate my long range goals. Sporadic knee pain and hip twinges led me to a crossroads.
Since I’ve managed to keep most of the weight off I lost last year and I’m still walking a lot, I’ve decided to step away from running. I didn’t plan to compete regularly in fun runs anyway. In the meantime I’m counting on my dogs to give me sufficient motivation to keep walking. I’ll be content to be counted among the walking crowd for now.
As I was researching material for my book, I found myself turning to my Bible to see how dogs were portrayed in scripture. In the book of Genesis all of creation was declared “good” by God. Then, after the flood of Noah’s day dogs fell victim to their own bad and unacceptable behavior. Because of this dogs assumed a deplorable identity in scripture.
But yet dogs of today are highly valued, loved and esteemed. What has caused this change? It is my view that mankind’s relationship with dogs had a “redeeming” effect on them. Today, our beloved pets are committed to the way of love.
When I see how dogs have responded to man’s love and affection, and consider my use of the word “redeemed,” I find myself reflecting on my own redemption and how I have responded to God’s love and affection. Am I committed to the way of love? Is my relationship with God such that I find it difficult to live without Him?