Where do you run when things feel lost? Do you turn to the temporary joy of Satan’s words? Or do you sprint towards God for guidance? This is something I think we all struggle with at some point in our lives. We have all hit points in our lives where we want to run the opposite way of Jesus.
When depression hits, we curse His name. When comparison falls hard on our hearts, we ask Him why we weren’t made like the subject of our comparison. The time when you try so hard for a relationship to work, but in the end you are left heartbroken, where do you choose to run?
It can be so easy to thank God for all the wonderful things He placed in your life. The hard part is falling to Him when you don’t want to.
My senior year, a good friend of mine left to go to her Heavenly home too early. The community and I were left empty. Why would this loving Father take away one of His daughters that everyone here on Earth loved so dearly? This lead to a long period of time that included turning away from Him and following a path of my own. We all know that wouldn’t last. It’s still a growing process three years later.
When I went to a recent chapel, the speaker talked about healing when God takes away someone we love. This was the same week of three years since she passed. He said, “Sometimes we ask for healing, and God heals the person by taking them home.” My heart opened to His voice and I finally fell to Him with understanding, after so time spent feeling broken and confused.
This example wasn’t a sprint. It took a long time to finish the three year marathon I had been running. Maybe you are running the marathon right now, the finish line seems miles away, and there’s not a water provider in sight to give you the extra push. Have you ever thought that God might be the person giving you water when you need it the most?
He meets you at your lowest lows.
He meets you at your highest highs.
In Ecclesiastes we learn that there is a time for everything.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plan and a time to uproot,
a time to kill, and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
There will be a time when you feel broken, but there WILL be a time when you are healed. He will be there cheering you on during the race, so keep running. Run to free your chains of temptation. Run and feel lifted off the ground, stomping on the fear that holds you back. Run and feel the arms of the Father that are opened up for you to embrace.
When you are tired and are looking for the inhaler, let God’s words be the fresh breath you need. Dive into the Word, fall fresh on the cross, and run to Jesus.
- You will face adversity
- God loves you too much to leave you where you are
- Never give up or lose sight of the Father