I Was Running!

There is a great scene in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump of Forrest, as a boy, being chased by bullies. Of course, it was an unfair chase, because the bullies were riding bikes, and Forest was slowed down by the braces he wore on his legs. Suddenly, the camera shows his knees bending, the braces breaking off his legs, and little Forrest takes off running down the lane away from the bullies.  And in the words of the grown up Forrest, “From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!”

Now when Forrest Gump was a man, he went on a run back and forth across the country, and when he was asked, “Why are you running?” he said, “I just felt like running.” He had no particular destination, he was just running.

If you think about it, most of us are running somewhere. We are running after a desire, or we are running after a person or a dream. Some of us run after success, while others run from thing to thing so that their minds don’t have a chance to rest. And many of us run to addictions to escape pain, or fear, or regret. While still others are like Forrest, and they are just running.

Why are you running? Where are you running? When will you get there? Will you get there?

The book of Proverbs tells us, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

When you run to the Lord, you know the destination.
When you run to the Lord, you can stop running aimlessly.
When you run to the Lord, you are secure in a strong tower, and the book of Hebrews promises that He will set the course you are meant to run.

“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12: 1b-2a).

Run to the Lord, and take a rest from all aimless running.  Allow Him to establish the path that He intends for you to run, then run that race with all your might.

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