I Ran Away From Home Once

A little post-Mother’s Day reflection…

When I was a tween, I ran away from home…technically.  I actually made it to the edge of our yard before realizing the error of my ways and turning back.  In a feeble attempt to legitimize this as an actual run-away, I must point out that it was a really big yard.

Regardless, I hurt my mom’s feelings.  We are more alike than we are different, my mom and I; which is why we fought a lot.  Call it the typical teenage years or whatever.

Here’s my point.  Many times we view loving God as “pursuing God” or “chasing after” God.  But loving God might just mean to stop running away and abiding in the loving embrace that is already there.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

*The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Eph 3:14–21). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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