Friday, April 3, 2015

Running scared; Fixing our eyes on God and why it matters



I have been afraid many times in my life.


From being a child and on into adulthood it has happened often.  It's always different scenarios but it contains the same emotion..fear.


I was afraid of the dark as a child and it tormented me for years.

I was afraid to make friends and lose friends in school.


I was afraid growing up my parents would get a divorce & I would be without one of them.

I was afraid when my Dad died and I had to see him for the first time without life inside of him.

I was afraid when I had my first baby and realized that if something ever happened to my children I would be devastated.

I was afraid that I wouldn't be a good wife or mother.

I was afraid to see the people I love the most go through hard times.

We have all been there.

The other day my husband was coming in the house, and as he was just about to walk onto our porch he heard a loud smacking sound overhead.  He turned and saw that a dove had been flying directly above him, it crashed into the side of our home and bounced onto our car where it died.  A hawk had been chasing it and at it's fastest speed this little bird assumed it was making a get-away.  The only fault it had was that it didn't pay attention to where it was going.

It happened so fast, that we all looked out to see the spectacle.  The bird's impact was so hard that by the time it landed on the car it was dazed..and a few seconds later it laid down and died.

How many times I wonder have I been that way.  Life is tough and when tough things come we sometimes will run.  Running from the enemy isn't always bad, there are many times in scripture where the Lord advised his people to flee...from Mary & Joseph to David running scared from Saul.  The issue isn't finding a hiding place or fleeing to safety.  The issue is where you set your gaze while doing it.

When we take our eyes off of Jesus we are sure to fail.
Even if what we face is the most overwhelming, and completely ugly scenario you have faced this far, if you are afraid and run, you need to pray and keep your eyes turned in and focused on what God is doing, what He is allowing, and what He is saying.

If not, you very well may find yourself running into a wall.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

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