Five-minute-Friday: Writing prompt: Run.
I would like to have written about how I love to go running – but I don’t! It hurts my knees, so I don’t do it any more.
But running away is something I have done plenty of in my life.
When things were a bit too much for me, I would run. I would escape. I would be an ostrich and run and hide.
The amygdala is a part of the brain that is thought to control or deal with the strong emotions – fear, anger and pleasure – and it is that which is said to be responsible for the basic responses to big fear – the fight, flight and freeze responses.
I am not a fighter.
In the throes of actual confrontation of fear, I would freeze, but then, on surviving that, I would plot my way to run.
I have often ran away from intimate relationships, but really I was always running away from my own thoughts and true feelings.
My feelings were what I felt most compelled to run and hide from. They were what had me most in fear of falling apart.
I am so grateful to say that I am no longer like this. By the grace of God and a long process, I no longer need to run or hide.
I don’t hide from my own truth now. I have faced those Bogeymen! I still have fear sometimes, but I face it, knowing I am safe in the here-and-now presence of God.
And I am so thankful that I cannot hide from God. It says somewhere in the Psalms – where can I run to and hide? If I go to the edges of the world or the bottom of the sea, You Lord are right there.
I am so happy that I cannot hide from my loving Father and I am so grateful that He also pursued me when I tried to hide. I praise God for His never-ending patience, mercy and active loving of all of His creation. I thank Him for His promise to never, ever leave me, no matter where I go!
Aren’t you grateful that you cannot hide from Him?