Sunday, March 21, 2010

Running For Brighton - Race #16


Saturday March 6, I headed to Rome, Georgia with my good friend and neighbor Kerry for our half marathon.

This winter has been super wet and cold, so my weekday runs have been few and far between. As we left the house at 5:15 AM, I was feeling weak, tired, cranky and questioning how I could ever finish 13.1 miles without collapsing.

As we started the race, temperatures were in the 20's and our fingertips, noses and toes were numb. I started warming up and by mile 1 I was ready to be in shorts.

We were feeling good...then mile 9 hit. My right knee had a strange shooting pain that I have never experienced before. I was wearing a band on it that Tymm had given me, but it just wasn't cutting it.

The pain was awful. By mile 11, I had serious doubts about the next 2.1 miles. By this point, the sun was shining and the temps were warmer. With each painful step, I let my mind drift to the pain of the orphan. God, not so gently, reminded me of their daily struggles, not just the pain and struggle that lasted me all of 2 hours...but theirs, that can last a lifetime if no one steps in to help.

I want to be one of those that steps in and helps. I want to not be so wrapped up in my own pain that I forget about the pain of all the "Brightons" out there that are dying each day because no one cares.

I am going to Ethiopia and Uganda this summer for 2 weeks, in an effort to help...the fact that God can use little ole me to help Him with His children is both breathtaking and an honor.

God calls us ALL, not just some, but ALL of us to step up and be the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.

You can help, too...stay tuned for some exciting news and opportunities to get involved with us as we try to "Brighton Their World".


Robbins' Nest said...

He is sooo stinkin cute! Rhett is cutting his first tooth so we can go through it together!

Unknown said...

Love it! So excited for you, Laura. Love the logo too. Thanks for the preview.