“While King David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone. The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, ‘If he is alone, he must have good news.’ And the runner came closer and closer.” II Samuel 18:24-26
The disappearance of a step-father from Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO has been all over the news for the last few days. It seems that a man and his well-loved step-father went to a Denver Broncos game; they walked together toward the men’s room but when the young man came out, his step-father was gone. For over 48 hours there were people all over the country looking for the man; he was found safe at a Kmart located over a hundred miles from the stadium. Questions abound but his family will say nothing more than, “he is well and at home with us.” His disappearance could have been intentional, medically related, or totally without reason but somehow, somewhere, in some way… he was running.
I can relate to this man in many ways. There have been times in my life when I’ve been despondent and looked around myself without answer; I’ve wanted to run. I’ve wanted to simply load my grandson into the car with me and go; change our names, disappear into nowhere, and begin again. I would hope that not many of you can relate to that feeling but I’m sure some of you can. It’s a terrible feeling; I’ve fought it and, with God’s help, I’ve learned to run toward Him. Like last week. I felt like the world was closing in around me, I RAN into the Rock, allowing God to cover me. I listened, I read, I opened my heart to His Word. GOD IS GOOD; He supplies our needs, no matter how strange they may seem to others for HE KNOWS US LIKE no one else ever will!
The man running in the above passage was not bringing good news to King David but I am… GOD LOVES YOU~ JUST AS YOU ARE!!!
Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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