Proverbs 3:20 (ESV)
by His knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.
Speaking of "clouds dropping down their dew"...there was more than dew coming out of those clouds this morning as we ran!
We have some "running guidelines" by which we decide if it is a "run worthy" morning or not. We have a standing temperature rule that allows no running if the base temperature is in the single digits or below. (We do not count windchill in this equation...just add more layers if need be.) Another criteria we utilize is that if there is moisture and this moisture is in the form of snow, as long as the road/trail are not icy, we will run. Another precedent lined up, addresses the dilema of water dropping out of the clouds in a "misting" form. If that is the case, we run as planned. The trouble comes, however, when the precipitation starts as a mist and then after we've committed to the run, it changes over to a steady rain or worse yet, an all out deluge. What do you do?? We have not "written rules" for this. We are not prepared with a standard plan for this situation, and so...we press on!
The issue becomes that we are already up and out of the warm bed; we have already taken the painstaking time to don our gear; our feet are already moving; we are a mile from home; and mentally we ARE doing the thing! We are engaged and determined to proceed with our plans....and so we do....despite the fact that we are cold, and desperately wet. We adjust to the environment by pulling our caps a little further down over our brow, zipping our jackets up higher, and sometimes picking up the speed.....but we persevere and finish what we started! Usually, a few hours after our run, the sun is shining and there is no evidence that it even rained. Mission accomplished!
Candidly, in my life, there are things that I start with a definite plan and then precipitously......."the deep breaks open"! The circumstances changed and the environment is unexpectedly different from what I had envisioned. I recognize that I do not have a play book for what to do next. In those seasons of my life, I lean on the simple words from today's verse...."by His knowledge". Nothing escapes His knowledge. He knows my circumstances have changed in these instances and yet He will provide a way (if that is His will) for me to continue on the pilgrimage that I started. Praying today for a deeper trust in Him who created the very knowledge that can break open the deep and move mountains.