Jesus on a Treadmill

The next time you sit down to a meal, picture God sitting at the empty chair across from you.

The next time you’re in the dressing room, think of God seated on the bench by the mirror.

The next time you drive by a triggering fast food chain, picture Jesus at your side in the passenger seat.

The next time you go to the gym, look to Jesus on the treadmill next to you.  (sort of a funny image, no?)

The next time you sharing vulnerable details to your therapist, think of God on the couch with you.

The next time you’re in the cookie aisle at the grocery store, picture Jesus walking with you.


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”  -Deuteronomy 31:6


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10


Notice all three of these passages about God’s presence involve situations where there is fear?  Do you think facing fear can bring you closer to God?  Share in comments–

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  1. Thanks for this post. I love the idea of picturing God literally with you in times of fear or anxiety. I just read this morning in a devotional, “God reserves his best medicine for our times of deepest despair.” So, to your question, yes I do believe that God draws us even closer in times of fear if we look to him and let him.


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