Run To Him – Proverbs 18:10

There are some memories, regardless of your age, that you just can’t shake. One memory for me is from when I was six years old. I was at the grocery store with my mom and doing what kindergartners do, asking for things and climbing on the cart. What I really wanted though was to go to the bakery and get the free cookie samples I knew they always had back there. However, today, mom was on a mission. We were going to get what we needed and leave. That wasn’t working for my six-year-old mind, however, so when Mom’s back was turned, I sprinted for the bakery. I snuck up to the counter, stood on my tip toes and grabbed a cookie piece and sprinted back to where I had left mom. I was rounding the corner feeling like a champion until I found the aisle empty. Where was she? Did she leave me? I started running past every aisle quickly glancing down everyone to see if she was there. But she was gone. I was panicked. I ran to the front of the store and saw her just about to walk out of the door. Relieved, I ran and threw myself at her legs wrapping my arms around the long trench coat she was wearing. I looked up to see my mom’s face and to my surprise the coat was correct but the person wasn’t. I panicked again, this time in complete fear. I started running through the store screaming “Mom” as loud as I could repeatedly. People were looking at me bewildered as I continued to scream. Finally, I saw my mom. She had gone to the manager’s office to try to find me but had heard me calling out to her. I ran into her arms and felt the safety and comfort of being where I was supposed to be.

I think so many times in our lives we are tempted to leave the places we know we are supposed to be to try and get a piece of something we think we want. However, like me in the grocery store, often our pursuit of those things leaves us separated from the relationship that brings us comfort, safety and love, our relationship with God. Once we feel that separation, we desperately try to seek a resolution to that longing we have to reconnect. However, in our wandering we find ourselves running towards and into things that we think resemble the life we had with God. Things we think will bring us love, peace, joy (and all the other fruits of the spirit). One day as you’re embracing those things, you’ll look up and realize what your holding onto isn’t really what you think it is at all. When we can realize what we need is to reconnect with God, it enables us to cry out for him the way we need to.

Proverbs 18:10 says;

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
the godly run to him and are safe.

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress, just calling on his name brings you safety. Maybe today can be a day for you that you stop holding onto temporary substitutions for what you really need and call out to God by His name. Let go, call His name, and run to Him. The second half of that verse says the godly run to him and are safe. In His arms, the feelings of fear and anxiety can be replaced by peace and love and you can feel as safe as a little boy who found his Mom in the grocery store.

Stop today, call out His name and run to Him.

-Greg Hartmann