I started running away when I was five years old. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized what I really wanted was somebody to come after me when I was running away. ~Willie Aames
Last night I asked Matt if we could go to England. He looked at me dumbfounded.
“I just want to run away,” I explained.
We’ve had a chaotic month and I’m feeling done. The kitchen is torn apart for some remodeling. Our younger son was bitten by a rattlesnake. My mother-in-law had emergency surgery and her 102 year old mother had a stroke. I went away for a little over a week to attend a conference and then a little vacation, but that meant that the yard has needed constant attention ever since. My shoulders ache, it’s hot and humid, and some people aren’t nice.
Running away sounds like a good idea.
Running away is a common solution. Adam and Eve were the first to bolt. Then there was Jacob; his brother was making homicidal plans. I would have run, too. The most famous runner must be Jonah. His plan was kind of fishy though.
Maybe you want to run away, too.
You’re in the sandwich generation with aging parents and young children. . . . You’ve been called into the boss’s office but aren’t sure why. Rumors abound. . . . The doctor’s report wasn’t what you wanted to hear. . . . Or like me- everything is happening at once and chaos reigns.
There is a story of a man who tried running, but God told him where to run.
Ahab was out to kill Elijah, and Elijah knew it. So he took off running. He was exhausted and terrified; fear and defeat were all he saw.
God told him to go to Horeb. Elijah obeyed, hiding in a cave near the summit. It was scary as a fierce storm blew across the mountain. But Elijah stayed put this time.
And he actually got to meet God. He was encouraged and instructed by God.
Are you waiting on God in the scary times or are you running away and hiding?
Stand firm in the storm, so that you can be encouraged and instructed by the only one who knows the safe places to run.