Saturday, October 17, 2009

CH-BOLC Phase 1 Day 4

APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test)

Well, the PT test is over ... as is my first week back at CH-BOLC. I am pleased to say that I did pass the test! It was a little disappointing to see my PT score drop since the last time I took one, but I hadn't put in the kind of training time for this one as I did then. It helps me know I really need to kick it in gear, and progress will follow! The good news is this test was just a diagnostic, though I will have to take one for record before I leave.

On a slightly more spiritual note, God continued to demonstrate His faithfulness to provide for my every need every step of this journey...

The run occured on a track that is 3 laps plus a little to achieve 2 miles. After my second lap, I was feeling the pressure to maintain my pace if not speed up a little to ensure a passing score. My body, however, was feeling the burn ... especially my lungs which seem to be working overtime these days. As soon as I began my 3rd lap, a fellow classmate began to run alongside of me. He himself had already completed the run, while I still had a full lap to go. He humbly announced that he was going to run with me, and did so with great encouragement and support. He never belittled my pace or told me to suck up the fact that I seem to have developed asthma in the last 6 months. He empathized, he encouraged, and he ran beside me every step of the way.

This soldier, along with the one who encouraged me through the Fit 2 Win course the other day, were both such gifts! I thought about Hebrews 13:2 that tells us sometimes we entertain angels and don't even know it. I believe in the spiritual world, angels and demons both, but I can't help but wonder if sometimes other people don't serve as angels to us. I know I had 2 this week.

Thanks to them and to the God Almighty who is gracious and compassionate enough to provide whatever we need whenever we need it.

"God shall supply all [my] needs ..." (Phil 4:19)
"[He] will never leave [me] nor forsake [me]." (Deut 31:6)

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