Ever not want to be where you are either geographically or in life in general perhaps regarding your circumstances, relationships, job, challenges, struggles, etc.? That happens to me quite a bit as I’ve been prone to restlessness since I was a little girl not to mention to getting super uncomfortable in my life’s circumstances and struggles which have been challenging to say the least. One thing is vastly different in my life now concerning all this, however. And herein lies a message for us all.
I used to “run” elsewhere when I didn’t want to be where I was. I made impulsive decisions and life’s changes sometimes little ones sometimes big ones but all with the purpose of rapidly escaping the hurt, pain, worry, discomfort, etc. of where I was in life and all based on my flesh and feelings and what I wanted and felt I needed to do. I would pack up my heart and hurts and worries and anger and whatever other emotions I found myself overwhelmed with and my bags and off I would go with the exceeding desperate desire to get out of where I was and how I was feeling to find something or even somebody new or different or anything at all. Desperate, desperate. I was so very desperate!
It was as though my flesh would cry, “Flee! Escape! Run! Need something different! Something new! Out of here! Now!” My circumstances and feelings were my compass and my driving force in life. Not so anymore! No matter what my flesh feels, says, cries, or even screams, I know what to do. And I encourage you to do the same.
A believer in Jesus Christ as Lord is not to live according to one’s circumstances and feelings, but instead according to the Lord, His Holy Spirit, the Bible, and His will for our lives.
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
I still get mightily restless at times. Other times, I still find myself really uncomfortable given my ongoing life’s struggles and the emotions I experience in relation and response to them. But I’m no longer on the run in the same way I once was. For I no longer live for me. I live for Jesus, and I trust the Lord to lead me, guide me, provide for me, and to love, comfort, help, strengthen, empower, direct, heal, forgive, and care for me as He leads me down the pathway of righteousness He has set before me.
Though I am no longer on the run as I once was, friend, I do find myself running at times. Running in a new, powerful, and wonderful way. When I run, I run to the Lord! I run into His almighty arms. Into His splendorous presence. Into His company. Into communing with Him. Into spending time with Him. Into His Word. Into pouring out my heart to Him. Into seeking and hearing Him. Into receiving His love and comfort and healing and all He desires to give unto me. Oh yes, I have learned to run unto the Lord! Desperate, desperate. I am so still so very desperate! Desperate for THE LORD! For His presence! For Him! For His love and amazing spiritual blessings! For His goodness and greatness! For all His provision but most of all for Himself! For more of Him! Oh, yes!
I fully trust He will give me every single thing I need to stay wherever He wants me to be until He leads me on. Most importantly, He gives me Himself and a beautifully wonderfully amazingly precious and ever-growing intimate richly rewarding and satisfying and exhilarating exciting and passionately tenderly loving relationship with Himself!
Please be encouraged reading and meditating on this well known psalm. No matter our life’s circumstances, no matter our flesh, no matter our feelings, in the Lord Jesus Christ are His Lordship, power, love, peace, hope, joy, comfort, compassion, mercy, grace, wisdom, strength, healing, freedom, wholeness, deliverance, refuge, rest, friendship, companionship, and truth to live by.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalms 23:1-6