My family and I went camping about a week ago to Skidaway Island near Savannah, GA. It’s a beautiful wooded park with many secluded spots.
From time to time I had to tell my son, “No” because of something he was trying to do or get into it. He didn’t understand that I said no because I saw the potential for danger in his life. On a couple of occasions I would attempt to take something away from him and he would proceed to run from me.
It was actually kind of funny because he’s only 22 months old and he attempted to outrun me.
Every time my son tried to run from me he fell down and got hurt. I kept telling him to quit running from me. After witnessing this a couple of times I thought about my own relationship with God.
We have the same relationship with our Heavenly Father. Every time we try to run from his presence we get hurt. We end running to things that can’t help us. We often run from the very one who has the ability and resources to help us.
In the Old Testament there’s a story of the prophet Jonah. In his haste to escape the call of God on his life he boarded a ship and headed for the opposite direction of Nineveh. He tried to run from God’s presence and it almost cost him his life and the life of innocent bystanders as well.
He was running from God’s directives in his life. God had given him a direct command, but it wasn’t what he wanted to do. He wanted an easier path in life, rather than the one God was offering.
Things bring me to where most of us live. We often run from the parts of our calling that seem hard or insurmountable.
Are you running from something God has called you to do? What are you afraid of doing? What’s holding you back from accomplishing what God has called you to do?