Running Down the Hill

IMG_3311Here is a picture of my oldest daughter running down a hill on Valentia Island.  Remember when you were a kid (or maybe you did it yesterday) and it was so awesomely fun to run down a big hill, fast, almost out of control?  I do, and I always loved it.  What I didn’t love was the feeling at the bottom.  I was usually alone, and looking up, there would be this immense (and much bigger suddenly) hill to climb back up.  But I’d pluck up my childhood energy and go back up, and then guess what?  Sometimes I’d do it again!  🙂


Sometimes I have times in my life that are like running downhill….seamless, effortless, no problems for a time.  I’m running, I’m happy, no resistance.  Other times are definitely the climbing back up part.  I’m trudging, I’m resolved, I have the teeth gritted with determination to finish.  But oh, the feeling when I make it back up to the top.  The view, the feeling of accomplishment, and the knowing that downhills are coming again.

Whether you’re running down or headed up or simply enjoying the view, may God give you His joy and strength today for the journey.  Slainte, Lisa

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

4 thoughts on “Running Down the Hill

  1. It is said that the measure of a person is the size of the mountains that they have had to climb. I guess that it goes without saying that the height of the mountain could be measured by the depth of the valley. The view from the top of the mountain is certainly worth the effort to get back up there.

  2. Marvellous. 🙂
    Do you remember the story about a man running up a step hill, smiling and humming and – sweating, then going down really sad. One day a farmer asked him why was so happy going up and so sad going down. ‘When going up – I am looking forward to going down. When I am going down, I always fear having to go up again.’

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