When I ran from You, I ran to You. And when I tried to hide, I found You there. And when I told You no, You knew right where I’d go. So when I ran from You, I ran to You — Chris August
I heard his laughter across the yard, and tried to see what had captured his attention. ‘Come back here,” I heard him say as he laughed again. Finally I spotted it. A brown leaf that had been left over from when our trees shed their folliage this past Fall.
My two year old nephew had found one leaf and was playing with it. He would throw it up in the air, and watch it fly away, call it back, run after it, catch it, and then release it again. All the while laughing over it, and keeping tabs on that one leaf blowing in the Texas wind.
“Hey Lando,” I asked, “Can I see your leaf? I’ll hold it for you.” “Okay” he replied, and came running and handed it to me. While I didn’t expect to find perfection, I was surprised by what I saw. The leaf had holes in it, it was torn, it wasn’t pretty. But it had given him as much joy as much as a beautiful flower would have.
That little leaf really made me think. How many times had I been selfish, prideful, unloving, and ugly. How many times had I let sins burrow in my heart, and tear pieces of it away? How many times had tried to run away from God, thinking I was actually getting somewhere?
That many times, He watched me try to fly. He kept His eye on me, and only let me get so far before He called “Come back.” Sometimes laughing at the silly trouble I find myself in, sometimes crying when I turned a deaf ear to what He had to say. But always loving, always running after me, always faithful, never failing to call me back to Him.
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13.