May 26, 2010

Where Would I Go?

Did you ever want to run away from home when you were a child? Maybe even as an adult. I think most of us can remember at least one time in our life when we wanted to. When I was about eight years old I had gotten in trouble for something, I don't remember what, but I do remember that it made me angry enough to decide I was going to run away. I packed up as much of my belongings as I could and then I realized that I had no place to go so I unpacked everything and put it all away.

I lived with my grandma and she was the one who took care of me. She was the one who gave me a place to live, food when I was hungry, clothes, a warm bed, and lots of other extras out of love. When she wasn't treating me nice enough by my standards, I didn't trust her love for me and wanted to leave.

Life can be pretty disappointing sometimes and downright devastating at other times. When trials come we find ourselves grappling with our faith. No matter how deeply rooted in Christ we are, we all experience trials that stretch our faith so thin that we wonder if it will hold. These are the times when we face what we say we believe about God and His love for us, and have to come to terms with whether or not we really do believe.

When God allows a tragedy to happen to your child, the loss of your job, homelessness, a shattered dream, these are the times we question His love, His care, His provision. It's easy to say we trust God when things are going pretty well, but when trials come, that trust is put to the test. It is during the trials that we not only seek God for what He can do for us, but we strive to know and understand Him because of who He is. These are the times we are faced with the question Jesus asked His diciples in John 6:67-68.

Then Jesus said..., “Do you also want to go away?”
But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:67-68

Questioning God isn't a sin when we take our questions to Him, it is a stretching of faith. God doesn't frown on us when we bring our doubts about His character and His purposes to Him. He knows that we will have doubts, and He allows us to experience trials so that we will question Him. Then He shows us His love at a greater level, teaches us deeper truths about Himself, and strengthens our faith in Him. We may not understand, but we can choose to trust God and keep walking with Him.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct[a] your paths. proverbs 3:5-6

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7 comments:

Andrea said...

I still teasingly threaten to run away from home, occasionally!

Praying for you, sweet friend!
andrea

Heart2Heart said...

Edie,

I need a prayer button created for a special sister in Christ that doesn't have much time left.


Love and Hugs ~~ Kat

RCUBEs said...

If physically, I can't...my mind does :) God bless.

Yolanda said...

I remember those days...vividly. My childhood wasn't the best, my Mom loved the only way she knew how to love, and only so much.

I remember even wanting to run away in my 1st marriage...and in the end, I guess I really did do so and am thankful for 16 plus years that thought has never ever, not once, crossed my mind.

THANK YOU JESUS!

Edie, much love to you!!

Irritable Mother said...

Are you kidding? I still want to sometimes. LOL!

On my way over to read the rest.

Love you!

From the Heart said...

Just checking to make sure you are doing good. I hope you had a great Memorial Day Holiday.
Love you, AE

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Hi Eddie! Hope you are doing well. I haven't talked to you in awhile and I miss ya.

When I was around 10 years old, I packed a bag and decided to run away from home on my bicycle. The sad thing is, when I returned 6 hours later, no one had missed me or realized I had run away. Coming from a very dysfunctional family, I realized very early in my life that there was someone who cared about me and was there with me and I thank my Lord Jesus Christ for keeping me safe through those times and hearing all of my heart cries as a child. To this day, I know that I can never run away where He won't be with me.

You made me go way back to a time that I had forgotten. God is awesome no matter where we are in life's journey!!

Lee Ann
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