On a recent trip to the beautiful Southern USA, we passed through Savannah, Georgia. This was our first time to this beautiful city, but our time was short, so we decided to take a trolley tour of the city. We boarded the vintage looking trolley and enjoyed seeing the many squares and historical sites this city holds. One stop on our tour was Forrest Gump’s bench where he sat with his box of chocolates and shared his life story. This trolley stop was a highlight for me, because I have always loved Forrest.
In the movie, one of the things Forrest Gump did was run. And run! When he was a child, he ran with corrective braces on his legs, yet managed to escape from bullies. As a young adult, he ran to save his fellow soldiers, and later in life, he ran from coast to coast attempting to heal his broken heart. Forrest realized in the many different situations he found himself in, running was the only option for survival. In fact, the more he ran, the better he became at it.
Who or where do you run to when you are afraid or need help?
Sometimes for me, my initial steps are running to family, friends, the internet or food. While these all may have their appropriate place, (well, I’m not so sure about the food J), the best initial step of my run is straight to Jesus. He is the healer of my heart, my best friend and guide, and the lover of my soul. We may grow weary and tired, but Jesus never does.
Run to Jesus.
Today may be filled with medical, behavior or school challenges. And who has time to think about tomorrow or 5 years from now? Uncertainty looms, but there is one thing that is sure – Jesus. He is waiting with open arms for us to run to Him.
He alone is the One who can move us from sadness and hopelessness and bring a change to your circumstances and joy to your heart.
Run to Jesus.
I love how The Message Bible phrases Hebrews 12:1-2:
“Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.” Hebrews 12:1-2 The Message
Run to Jesus now . . . begin by praying this verse for you and/or your child:
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Together, let’s put on our running shoes.
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