Free Runners

March 14, 2005
by John Stuart

2 Samuel 22:30 – With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. (NIV)

The other night, I was flicking through the cable television channels, trying to find something to watch. I usually do this after a stressful day, in order to help me wind down. Eventually, I came across The Learning Channel and was surprised to see a group of young French teenagers running up and down the rooftops of London. They practically flew across buildings, and, with cat-like precision, somersaulted through the air and landed perfectly on the roofs.

These lads are called "free runners", who use urban areas as their playgrounds. They have no fear, and jump over fences, rails, and barricades like circus acrobats. I was quite taken away with what they were doing, called "parkour", especially when one of them ran around the rim of the rooftop on Albert Hall in London, 125 feet off the ground! It was breathtaking, and I envied their fearlessness, wonderful abilities, and strength.

These boys could certainly fulfill the biblical verse for today: "I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall." Their raw courage and determination to overcome heights, gaps, and obstacles reminds me that with God, we can do the same with our spiritual obstacles. No matter what we are up against, no matter what gaps are before us, no matter what stumbling blocks we face, God enables and empowers us to overcome. As Calvin used to say at the end of each of his lectures, "If God be for us, who or what can be against us?" Or as Paul also wrote in his letter to the Roman church:

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, empower and enable us to become free runners of faith today. Where obstacles appear, help us to overcome them. Where walls appear to bar our way, encourage us to scale them. With Your power and presence, let our spirits fly. In Your holy name. Amen.

Note: PCCWeb Daily does not endorse the underlying philosophical basis of parkour.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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