|Carissa and I at the start|
Remember the post I wrote the day I was leaving for Hood to Coast about the power of God’s name and how He is Healer? I wanted to post a quick follow-up to let you know how God revealed Himself as Healer to me while I ran.
On race morning, I donned my handmade “God is Healer” race t-shirt at the oh-so-awful hour of 3:30 a.m. In my half-dead state I unknowingly spilled coffee all over it adding to the “yes, I made my shirt and I’m proud of it,” appeal. An hour later, Carissa and I were milling around the starting line watching the rising sun illuminate the darkness and chatting about how we hoped it would get light enough to get pictures of the mountain before we started the race. We happened to be within ear shot of a KATU TV reporter who looked much happier to be awake than I was and somewhat bored. He made eye contact, we exchanged smiles and the next thing I knew we were having a conversation.
|live TV - scary!|
Me: “I have several friends battling cancer and chronic pain. I asked God to give me a focus for this race and I felt Him calling me to pray for healing for my friends. I made a race shirt as a reminder and I plan on spending my running time praying for each of them.”
Lincoln: “How do you feel about an interview on live TV?”
Carissa (shoving me forward and forgetting that I told my team I’m not responsible for anything I say before 7 a.m.): “She’d love that.”
|Here's your mountain Pete!|
Just before the interview started, I remembered my race T-shirt. It was buried under two layers of clothes so I quickly pealed them off and added my bib number so I’d look official. The Cameraman counted backward “3-2-1-you’re on” and Lincoln started talking about Hood to Coast, the strange weather, the sun rising and all the crazy runners. He introduced me and asked me why I was running.
|Have I said how much I love Carissa?|
|My God is Healer|
Once I settled down and reclaimed my status as an adult, I started praying. My mind wanders easily so the fact that I was able to stay focused in prayer for 40 minutes was nothing short of miraculous. I prayed through the list of loved ones on my shirt and reflected on the name of God - Healer.
My 6-mile route was rated “very hard with challenging rolling hills,” but there wasn’t much about these hills that rolled. They were almost all uphill. Three miles into my run, I turned off the main highway and ran up a beautiful, heavily wooded and less traveled country road. For safety reasons earphones are not allowed on Hood to Coast, but I grabbed my iPod and turned the speaker up as loud as it would go. When there was no traffic, I could make out tinny faint music.
I hit five miles and with another mile of climbing in front of me, I thought, “I’d sure like to hear Your Great Name by Natalie Grant.” Two seconds later, traffic died down and the faint intro of her song wafted up. I laughed out loud and worshipped my Healer as Natalie sang me up the hill to the exchange point.
“Lost are saved, find their way at the sound of your great name.
All condemned feel no shame at the sound of your great name.
Every fear has no place at the sound of your great name.
The enemy, he has to leave at the sound of your great name.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us.
Son of God and Man.
You are high and lifted up, that all the world will praise your great name.
All the weak find their strength at the sound of your great name.
Hungry souls, receive grace at the sound of your great name.
The fatherless, they find their rest at the sound of your great name.
Sick are healed and the dead are raised at the sound of your great name!
You are my King.”
Talk about an awesome way to come into the exchange! My God is Healer. Thank you Jesus! (Watch the video if you want to hear the song.)
Stay tuned for more about Hood to Coast in another post.