Sometimes I feel like running away.
Away from dirty dishes. Piles of laundry. Full schedules. Late nights and early mornings.
Away from difficult people. From unfair expectations. From the hardest parts of my day.
Yes, I sometimes wish I could escape all the not-so-fun, wearing-me-out, breaking-my-heart part of life.
And I wonder, do you ever feel the same?
What is it you’re tempted to run from? Is it the tough relationship? The rebellious child? The job you hate? The finances that always come up short? The housework that won’t go away? Is it the task you feel obligated to do that keeps you from the assignment you’re called to do? Is it the busy that refuses to let up?
It’s likely some area of your life is not working as smoothly as you expected. Perhaps you’ve done all you know to do, you’ve tried all you know to try, yet your situation appears hopeless. Maybe it’s those days, weeks, or months when trouble is magnified, and you question why life has to be so toilsome. Or could it be that you are constantly putting out fires, and you are exhausted from the effort of it all?
Have you noticed, friend? That’s when you’re most tempted to give up. To run away.
Surprisingly, running away may not be such a bad idea- if you know where to run.
And I wonder, do you know where to run?
Rather than running from our problems, let’s pick them up and carry them to Jesus. Let’s hand them off to Him, one at a time – our struggles, our disappointments, our failures. Let’s climb empty-handed into His strong, open arms, all the while keeping our eyes locked on His.
For it is there – in His arms, under His watchful gaze -that we find safety.
And because we are safe, we find rest.
And as we rest, our thoughts slow down, no longer drowning out His voice. There we hear truth. There we find clarity.
And as His truth soaks into us, an amazing thing happens. We find peace.
We no longer feel the overwhelming need to run away. Our circumstances may be the same, but our perspective is not.
Our focus shifts.
Instead of fixating on all that is wrong, all that is too much, we search out the One we know to be good. The faithful One. The One who walks with us, carrying us and our burdens. The One capable of handling all our stuff.
We run to Him, my friend. That’s where we run … straight to Jesus.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 nkjv