Running Home

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers:

I have this vague memory when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I was in kindergarten and remember being very, very upset about something.  Somehow I was able to escape the confines of the classroom and I ran all the way home.  Many years later, my parents told me that my mom was having serious health issues at that time and that more than once I would run away from school and run home. The funny thing is that every once in a while, when I feel so overwhelmed by the things I’m facing, I still get that urge to want to get up and run home to my parents’ house.

King Hezekiah was facing difficulty beyond imagining.  The evil, ruthless Assyrian empire was right outside the city gates, ready to destroy Jerusalem. And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. (Isaiah 37:1)

I think God has put inside of each of us a longing for “home”.  It’s that place where we feel safe and secure. Even those who have wandered from God feel it.  When the prodigal (Luke 15) reached the end of his rope, spent all his wealth, and lost all his friends, he realized that he too needed to go home to his father.

Do you feel like running?  Run home to Papa.  He loves you more than you will ever know.  His arms are open wide.  He’s our refuge.