Watching the Olympics this week, and reading Suzie Eller’s prompt “running for the shelter” brought a whole lot of thoughts racing through my mind – like running for shelter when we are caught in a down-pouring rain, running to our Father when the storms of life are battering down on us, and because I was thinking about running and watching the olympics that brought a whole new twist.
Have you been rained on out of the blue? I have and soaked. Have you been rained on when it had nothing to do with rain? I think we all have. Sometimes my parade is rained on and I can have a pity party. You know what? God intends for us to run to Him for shelter from the rains of life – the storms – He wants us to RUN to Him just as we would run from a real storm outside. But He does not want us to stay there hiding.
I think if we are all honest there are times we have run from Him or run to Him. For me, most of the time I’ve run to Him in those storms, in those terrible times when the storms battered down and I felt like I wanted to die inside, but I’ve probably run from Him a few times when He was calling me to do something, and I did not listen.
He needs to be our shelter in the midst of the storms.
I ran to Him when my parents died, I ran to Him when our grandson was born with a disease, I’ve run to Him watching our kids pray for children and even when we prayed for children, but I can remembering running at least one time in my life.
So what is a challenge to me. How do I want to win the gold? My gold is pleasing God. I want to win a medal every day in His eyes. I want to be the best wife, the best Mom, the best Nana that I can be. Am I going to fail? Yes, probably every day.
It doesn’t stop there. I always did my best at work, and as a daughter I seemed to always please Mom and Dad. Do I fail? Yep, I do all the time, but just like the Olympics it takes time, it takes practice, and for me it has taken a whole lot of digging into God’s Word to improve all areas of my life. It has been a race, it has been warm-ups and trials and Bible studies and learning when I make mistakes and mess up.
Regardless of what I am running to or from or for, the gold is only through Him. The gold is His wisdom.
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. Proverbs 16:16 (NASB)
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