We are all running from something or someone. The question is are we running in the right direction.
The other day I looked out my window at the right time to witness a precious scene unfolding. My neighbor across the street was on the way to her car with her toddler. Just as they reached the car Oliver made a mad dash into their side yard, ignoring his mother’s calls to come to her.
Running In The Wrong Direction
As she walked toward him he went in the opposite direction so she changed strategies. She crouched down and in a soft and inviting voice with arms outstretched, coaxed him to come to her. But in that instant Oliver bolted away from her running as fast as his little legs would carry him.
He dashed into the neighbor’s yard headed for who knows where with his mom running after him at full speed. In a matter of about ten yards she caught up and swooped him into her arms. Returning to the car she placed him in his car seat and they were off to their destination.
A Different Picture
About thirty minutes later I heard a car and glanced out to see them pull into their driveway. But this scene was entirely different that what I had witnessed earlier.
In the short time while they were gone Oliver had fallen fast asleep. As his mom unloaded him from the car seat, she gently placed him in her arms with his head resting on her shoulder. He never stirred as she carried him into the house.
Watching this little adventure take place brought a smile to my face, but it also stirred my heart as I pondered what just happened.
I Am An Oliver Too
I thought how much Oliver and I are alike. I run from the one who loves me the most and has my best interests as His priority. when what I need to do is lean into Him and rest secure in his arms.
Luke 15:11-24 tells the story of the prodigal son and I realize I am more like him than I care to admit.
“The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ so his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.. A few days later this younger son packed his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there wasted all his money in wild living.” – Luke 15:12-13 NLT
I look at my life, my situations and I map out a plan, thinking I know what is best. Asking God to bless my plans and running full speed ahead trying to carry them out in my strength, only to discover I am in over my head and I’m drowning.
There Is A Better Way
Then I come to my senses and realize there is a better way, much like the prodigal did.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At my home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, father, I have sinned against heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being call your son. Please take me back as a hired servant.’” Luke 15:17-18 – NLT
What did his father do? The same thing Oliver’s mom did. He ran to him and wrapped his arms around him.
“So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son and embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 – NLT
I don’t know about you but that overwhelms me. How can God love me that much? How can he continue to love me when I am constantly running ahead of Him in the wrong direction? But He does. He loves me and you that much! So much that He runs to us.
Who or what are you running from? Are you ready to turn back to the Father and give it to Him and feel his warm embrace?