Successfully completing a nine mile run would require focus. A Nickelback fan, but not at 4 a.m., I opted to leave the Blackberry and Pandora waiting in the car. Instead I felt compelled to spend each mile praying for someone different.
Mile 1: Prayers for the emotional and physical health of a co-worker
Mile 2: Prayers for an influential, world renowned Christian runner
Mile 3: Prayers for a Twitter follower recovering from knee surgery
Mile 4: Prayers for Heidi Klum SAY WHAT?!?!
With Seal’s, “Kiss to a Rose” reverberating through my brain, the Lord said, “I want you to pray for Heidi Klum.” My initial response was, “Why?” “She’s skinny, beautiful, rich, a supermodel, successful designer, host of her own television show, happily married to a successful musician, and mother of healthy children. Why should I pray for her?” “Because she doesn’t know Me.” Whoosh: the sound of rapid breath leaving my mouth as I exhaled deeply. My perspective was terribly skewed.
. . . “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV Guilty as charged. I looked with my natural eye and not through the eyes of my Father. From a worldly perspective Heidi appears to have everything, but from a spiritual outlook, much is missing.
Mile 4 Continued: Prayers for Heidi to come to know Christ in a very real, very personal way. Prayers for a life transformation that affects her husband and then reaches to the modeling and music industries to include photographers, clothing designers, hair and make up artists and record producers. The list of potential lives reached is exponential.
At the end of each Project Runway episode Heidi eliminates a designer with the parting words, “I’m sorry, that means you are out.” My prayer, may she never hear those words spoken to her from heaven’s throne.
Lord, may I never forget to look past the outward appearance, but instead focus on the heart of the matter