You Can Run, But You Can't Heal
I remember playing hide and go seek when I was a child. Someone would cover their eyes and count to ten while the rest of us would run and hide. Some kids would find a great hiding place while others can’t seem to make up their mind where they want to hide. By the time the seeker is done counting, there is normally one kid that hasn’t found a spot, but it still running around. Once the seeker spots them you will typically hear them call out “You can run, but you can’t hide!”. Just like the game, are you running trying to hide from your past?
Did that molestation send you running from ever getting close to anyone? Are you running into the arms of another person because of that failed relationship? Does that mistake have you running from job to job and city to city because you don’t want to change your attitude? Isn’t that what we often do when we are not ready to confront that which has hurt us greatly? We run.
Well you can run, but you can’t heal.
Who wants to go through pain? I know I don’t. Pain is ugly, it hurts, and it’s messy. Oftentimes is brings shame, restlessness, and frustration. What I have learned, having been hurt in my life, is that if you don’t face it head on, you will prolong your healing. The physical act of running itself is tiring. It leaves you sweaty and can even cause an unpleasant odor to linger. The same goes when running from your problems. Your attitude turns funky and you keep everyone at a distance of fifty feet. Instead of allowing the pain to do its work in you, you become bitter trying to act as if you are fine.
God allows pain into our lives to bring us closer to Him. He wants us to face our problems by running to Him for guidance. He will direct your path and show you the steps that lead to healing. More than likely, we don’t necessarily want to follow His command. “Why should I forgive them when they did me wrong?” “I shouldn’t have to be nice to them when they treat me unfairly.”
In these moments, nothing can truly heal us from our past but the One who holds our future. There is a lesson in every experience we have, whether good or bad. The bible mentions in James 1:12 that the one who perseveres under trials is blessed. I hear you. “How can God want us to suffer and say we are blessed if we do?” It is not that He is hoping we experience pain, but He is waiting for the pain we often inflict on ourselves to lead us to Him.
Those who are parents can relate. We don’t want our children to suffer any type of pain. However, when we have told them beforehand what is best for them and they choose otherwise, we sit back and wait for the time to come when our child runs to us for help. Even if you aren’t a parent, you can think back to those times when your parent said the phrase you hated most, “I told you so”. God may not say I told you, so but the sentiment is implied.
At the end of the day, God is for you, not against you. He wants the best for His children, even if they must get hurt in the process. Draw closer to Him and He will draw closer to you. He is the healer of broken hearts, a comforter to the comfortless, a shelter in the time of a storm. Stop running away from your problems and run towards God.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” – Isaiah 38:16-17 NIV