By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
I am six miles closer to my goal of running 100 miles in a month. I am currently sitting at 84 miles with only six more days to go! For some reason, we started on April 20. I’m not really sure why we didn’t just wait till the first of the month. At least that means I’ll be done earlier! My shins have definitely been feeling the last few miles, but I’m so close to done. My next goal has been set on some sort of a triathlon — either a sprint-tri or a team-tri. I’ve found that setting goals is huge for me during this quarantine. Some are just small things I want to accomplish by the end of the day, and others are a bit bigger like running 100 miles in a month or reading the Bible bit by bit.
Another big event for the day was that one of the girls I nanny for turned 7 years old! It was far from the birthday party she was expecting, but I was so glad I was able to nanny on her special day. I can’t imagine how confusing this time must be for some of these youngins. Birthday parties with friends are forced to be drive-bys, unable to see their grandparents, no trips to the park, or going back to school with their teacher and classmates for the year. It’s hard to not have answers to their questions about when they will be able to see their friends, hug their grandparents, or head to the park.
It serves as my constant reminder to give God total control of my life. I do not know when things will open back up, or when life will return to somewhat normal, but I know that God’s timing never fails. Because faith is sometimes trusting in the unknown and remaining hopeful when we face adversity. Our fears and doubts can create mountains in our lives, but our faith — no matter how small — can move them.