Running in the darkHow have you adjusted to the Day Light Savings Time change? Do like it or does it take you all winter to get used to it? I much prefer to have more daylight, I find it hard to start and end my day in the dark.

It really puts a damper on my running schedule. It’s dark and cold in the morning and then it gets dark in the early evening.

I used to be a morning runner; however, temperatures alone have cause me to shift to the later part of the day . Did I mention I hate cold weather? That’s a whole other blog post.

Running in the dark can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention. There are many things you have to look out for:

  • You have to watch for drivers coming home after a long day of work who may be paying more attention to their cell phones that runners on the road.
  • You have to watch where you’re stepping so you don’t hit a rock or crack in the road or sidewalk, causing you to fall.
  • You have to watch out for fallen leaves and pine needles because they can be very slippery and cause you to fall, which I almost did last night.
  • You have to watch out for individuals who may be up to no good who can hide more easily in the dark.

While these things can also be present in the light of day, they are more difficult to see in the dark. There are some precautions you can take as a runner when running in the dark:

  • Wear reflective or bright colored clothing so you are visible to drivers.
  • Run with a flashlight so you can see where you’re stepping. This also helps to alert cars to your presence.
  • Run with a friend. There’s safety in numbers.

Life is full of dark places. Some of them we choose to walk through while others are forced upon us. If we aren’t careful, we can get hurt. We must take precautions to protect ourselves.

Walk with the Lord Who will light your way.

John 8:12 says,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”

Be alert and watch where you’re going. 

1 Peter 5:8 says,

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Don’t try and go through it alone.

Take a friend with you and remember the Lord is also with you always. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 says,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

We all have to walk through dark places from time to time. The secret is to be prepared. Take precautions and you’ll navigate your way through the darkness into the light. Jesus will never leave you to handle it on your own [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:9]. He always takes care of His own as He reminds us in 1 Peter 2:9,

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”