I remember the first time I ran away from home. Like many other disgruntled “littles”, I didn’t get very far.
I also remember the first time I ran away as an adult. If I remember correctly, I had not been married to The Sweetheart but a few months and we had argued, so away I went to a trusted friend who, with much wisdom, sent me back home where I belonged. When I see that scene in my mind today? It makes me giggle.
When I became a mother, I can recall jumping in that mini-van a couple of times, making sure the father of my children heard and was going to pay attention to his charge, and announcing I would “be back”. “Where are you going?” I didn’t have the answer, I just had to take a short drive to breathe.
Adam and Eve ran and hid from the Lord after their sin. Moses ran away after he killed an Egyptian and Jonah famously ran from God because he didn’t want to preach to the people of Nineveh. Elijah, fearless Elijah the prophet, was in fear of a woman and ran for his life!
Do you feel like running away from your trial, your pain, your sickness, financial troubles, marriage difficulties or even just LIFE itself? Look at the following scripture:
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
It says that this trial you are experiencing, a real trial of your faith, is more precious than gold! Gold will perish, riches will not last and as the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” Even if this trial of your faith is tried with FIRE, it will give glory to Jesus Christ. Why would we want to run away from something that will make us better, stronger and bring Glory to our Lord?
Before Jesus went to Calvary, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup, the suffering, would be taken from Him, praying, “Not my will, but thine.” But he didn’t run away, He stayed, He suffered, He died and He gave so that we might have eternal life and hope in Him in this life. Since He has walked where we have walked and lived like we live, He understands our hurt and pain and doesn’t turn away from it.
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13
Read again, some of the first chapter of 1 Peter, in The Message:
“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! …The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole…Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory… Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!”
Do we realize how fortunate we are? That we can call on the God who created us and ask for His help? Even if we aren’t delivered from our difficulties or our trial rages on, our faith can soar when we truly realize that He walks WITH us, literally THROUGH our storms, strengthening our faith along the way.
Running away never solved anything but running to the One who has all the answers, sees down the road what we cannot see and is ready to equip us with what we need to walk through the fire, is the smartest and bravest thing we can do.