My son, Jehu, is 2 years old. Yes, I know that many people dread “the terrible two’s,” but it doesn’t seem to be so terrible to me. Sometimes he can be a handful, but I’m extremely glad that God found me worthy to be his mother. My son is very friendly and enjoys meeting new people. Each trip to the supermarket is filled with his famous “Hello, my name is Jehu” greeting that he says to shoppers as they pass by. Whole Foods is his favorite supermarket because sometimes I allow him to move the chairs around and play by the very nearby waterfall as we eat.
There is one trip that we took to Whole Foods that I will NEVER forget. As we were eating, he decided to run off down the long pavement that leads to the front of the store. I yelled for him to come back but he decided to keep running. There was nothing I could do but leave my hot food unattended, grab my bag, and run after him. As he was running, he looked back, laughed and ran into the store as if we were playing a game. He eventually ran so fast that he was completely out of my sight and I began to panic.
I decided to run down each aisle quickly and call his name, praying that he would answer. Thankfully when I arrived to aisle two I found him – laughing with three shoppers in delight. I smiled and as graciously as I could, picked him up and told him to say goodbye to his new friends.
I was so angry with him and the only words that I could share at that moment was “mommy is not happy with what you just did.” I don’t think he understood exactly how I felt in his two year old mind, but I couldn’t imagine losing him that day. He thought he was just having fun, yet he was unaware of the dangers that faced him, the dangers of not being with me.
As I laid in my bed that night, I couldn’t help but replay the entire scenario in my head. Then I began to reflect on how God, our Father in Heaven, feels when we run away from Him. I thought about how sin has an enticing way of making us feel as though our immediate pleasures are exciting and fun, causing us to be unaware of the dangers that lie ahead when we leave God.
Hebrews 11:25 speaks bravely of Moses who decided to suffer affliction with God’s people rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Like Moses, we all encounter some kind of affliction for the sake of following Christ that sometimes may cause us to be in a tug of war with God’s way of doing things and our own desires. Like a good Father, God always knows what is best for us, even when we can’t seem to grasp the fullness of His promises that are already ordained for our life. And so, as a result of caving into the deceitful and temporary desires of this world, we run! We run away from God, following our own desires that sometimes lead us to troubled endings. We never think about the dangers of being outside of God’s will until it’s too late.
I thank God that he allowed me to find Jehu. I thank God that He allows us to find Him time and time again. He is a God that knows exactly where you are no matter how far you think you’ve gone from His sight. He loves you and He is anticipating your return with outstretched arms. As God says in His word, Jeremiah 24:7, “And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart.”
Know that God has his very best for you, in spite of how you feel. He is married to the backslider. His Agape Love will bring you back to Him, if you let it, no questions asked.
Blazing brighter together,
Jehu And I with our happy faces on!
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