Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012

This morning I woke to a television on and a dog that needed to go outside.  My alarm went off and all I wanted to do is turn it off, put my head back under the pillow and go back to sleep.  And then, when I had to get up my husband turns off the television and is going back to sleep.  Of course, He is!  Do I sound a little agitated.  I'm not really.  It's just that for that hour I wanted so desperately to go back to sleep and he had the t.v. on so all I could do was think.  That's really dangerous at 5 am.

In the last couple of days, I've been thinking about the concept of running away.  Have you ever thought, "If I could runaway everything would be better?"  Of course you have.  I think every adult in the world has but we don't get too.  Did Jesus run away from the cross?  Did Moses run away from the Red Sea?  Did David run from Goliath?  No. They stayed, they waited and they glorified God.

I know what it's like to want to run from life.  The challenges can be difficult sometimes and often they look like brick walls.  But even a brick wall can be crumbled.  Look at the ruins all over the world.  They didn't stand the test of time and either will your brick wall.  Jesus has the solution.  It might not be readily available right now, but He has one and is waiting for you to come to Him.  Our strength doesn't lie in how strong we believe we are, it lies in how strong Jesus is.  When you're a child you believe that Jesus can do anything but when you get older life wears you down and you begin to be cynical.  That's why whenever I'm really wanting to run, I go to Jesus.  For that moment, I am a little child sitting on His lap.  I'm coming to Him asking Him to help me and for the most part He does.  My prayer and my thought life must always be Your will, not mine.  That's just fact.  But why run when I have Jesus?  Besides, don't you think He can find you anyway?

So if you're out there today wanting to run away from life.  Please don't.  Stand still, go to God and ask Him for your direction.  You must realize that His direction may vary from yours but it will be the right direction so don't question it.  There is nothing He can't do if it's in His will.  Nothing.  I know that sounds foreign but it's so true.  Running away will only make you  more frustrated, full of fear and sorrow.  Standing still will give you the fortitude to run the race before you.  It will give you the courage and the strength to bust up that brick wall and it will allow you to see the hand of God on your life and others.  If you always run, you may never see Jesus!

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV:

     But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Luke 1:37 NKJV:

    For with God nothing will be impossible."

My prayer today:

O, Lord, how many times have I wanted to turn and run?  How many times have I cried out to you that I hate my life?  How many times have you had to sit there and wait for me to be still?  I don't have the number but you do.  I always repent when I want to run because I know that if you wanted me to run, you would tell me where to go.  So for today, I'm calling for my sisters to stand still, wait on you, and align their wills with Yours.  The battle sometimes is within and we must win that battle to be Your soldiers.  Life comes but You are always near.  I ask You today to clear a path for Your women.  Give them strength in their hour of need.  Provide courage where there is cowardliness and help them to see that nothing is impossible for You.  It may be for us, but You have all the power and someday, we will see it.  Thank You for giving us people we can read about that struggled, wanted to run away but stood still waiting on You.  It gives us hope in the dark and provides shelter from our circumstances.  I believe with all my heart that You still crumble brick walls.  You choose the time and the events but You are still mighty!  Thank You for reminding us that we are no longer children, able to run from here to there, but in the end we can still run to You.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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