The other day I ran 16 miles. At the end of my run, my left knee started to hurt. In order to keep training, I still had to work out. So I went to the YMCA to do some cross training on an Elliptical.

Running at the YMCA is not as fun as running outside. Instead of clean fresh air and the beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, it’s musty. The only thing to look at is a TV playing a cooking show where they’re making homemade banana pudding with homemade vanilla wafers topped with homemade whipped topping. Kind of ironic actually. But the worst part of the “Y” is not being inside, the worst part of running at the “Y” is the ungodly amount of sweat. It’s even worse when you do what I did, and forget your water bottle.

Running for an hour without water is torcher. By the time I got off the Elliptical and stumbled to the water fountain, my mouth was dry and my lips were chapped. I could barely reach up and push down on the button to release the stream of water. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but even then I don’t think water has ever tasted so good.

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Have you ever felt desperate for water? What did it feel like to finally drink some?

In Acts, there is an interesting passage. In The Amplified Bible it says, “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.” (source)

According to this version, repentance should be followed by “times of refreshing.” It’s supposed to feel like drinking water after a run, sitting in the shade after push-mowing the lawn, breathing in fresh air after spending all day inside, or feeling a cool breeze on a scorchingly hot day. WOW! I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought about repentance in such a beautiful way before. I’ve never thought of God’s presence as fresh air. It makes me wonder, have I ever experienced real repentance?

What about you? Do you think of repentance as a beautiful thing or just a necessary evil? Have you ever experienced the presence of God as refreshing? Comment below and continue the discussion…

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