I was walking on the treadmill tonight, listening to some old tunes on the mp3 player, when a song came on that made me think. I usually don’t like to think while exercising, because I like to reserve that time to clear my head, not fill it. But tonight was different. The singer finished his song, then spoke about Psalm 102. And so I let my mind consider the words….
The Psalm begins with the title, “a prayer of an overwhelmed saint.”
How many of us have felt overwhelmed at times? We think that we will never be able to accomplish all that needs to be done. Or we feel that life has dealt us so much, and we question “how much more can I take?” It is good to know that we are not alone in those situations. People from generation to generation have gone through similar situations. They have persevered, and so shall we.
Life brings change. That’s one thing I have learned through my journey. Some change is good, some not so good. As I get older, I realize that some things that I depended on have also changed. For instance, five years ago the walk on the treadmill would have been easy. Tonight, not so much. Fifteen years ago I would not have imagined myself living back in my hometown again. Yet, here I am.
And still through the ups and downs, the changes that come and go, there has been one constant in my life: my belief in the existence of a loving God. This belief was instilled in me as a young girl, as I witnessed my grandmother praying for our family. I wonder what she would think or say all of these years later, as I continue to follow her example.
In psalm 102 it states “this will be written for a generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.”
And those were the words I was thinking on as I walked on the treadmill tonight. Things do change in this life. But one constant remains, and that is the Lord. From generation to generation, He continues. The same God of my grandmother, my mom, me, and now the God of my grand nieces and grand nephews, remains.
I find it interesting that the psalm started out as a lament from an “overwhelmed saint,” who came to the conclusion that, through it all, God remains. And here I am, thousands of years later, drawing the same conclusion! How awesome is that? We think we are so different from people of the past, but really, deep down inside, we are all the same.
“Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure…..the children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.” (Psalm 102:25-28).
Just from my grandmother to my grand niece and nephews is 5 generations, and still our God remains faithful. He still provides, He still cares for us, and His love will continue on. May we all realize the significance of the words of the psalmist. Whether exercising on a treadmill, or dealing with the “treadmill” of life, there is always One on whom we can depend. Over and over and over again.
Some pretty good thoughts to have while exercising, don’t you think?