I love my treadmill. I have had one model or another for at least twenty years and wouldn’t want to be without it. I get on and think good thoughts or listen to a book or music. It is a time I look forward to each day and find it.
Many, many years ago, I had a different type of “treadmill” come into my life. I fervently wanted to grow in my personal and spiritual life. I struggled with how to make it happen and wondered why it didn’t. Then out of nowhere, a picture and some words crossed in front of my mind.
The picture was of a moving sidewalk, a curving cement path lined with grass and random bushes. It was moving towards an open field, but I couldn’t see where it was going. At the same time I saw the sidewalk, I saw the words “Why don’t you get on the sidewalk instead of running beside it?”
What a novel idea! I had been running towards the goal of growth and was working hard to make it happen. In a moment of grace, I was shown that I could simply get on the moving sidewalk and let it effortlessly take me there.
More often than not, we work at something that God would so easily do for us.