A few weeks ago while shopping I heard Lady Antebellum’s country hit Run To You played throughout the store. I found myself singing along to this song I’ve always liked but never really thought about.
“This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you
I run to you baby
And when it all starts coming undone
Baby you’re the only one I run to
I run to you” (Run To You chorus)
These words, this song, they made me think of Jesus. I love when a song does that.
I recently wrote a post about my struggle with anxiety and my compulsion for sugary treats and online shopping. After writing this post I realized it’s in times of stress and fatigue that these struggles become real to me.
Isn’t it always true? That you can turn up the heat and find out who and what you turn to.
I run to sugar and shopping.
I run to my husband.
I run to my friends.
But God? Jesus? I’m sad to say He’s not the first place go. In desperate moments of loss, hurt, or strife I cry to Him, of course I do. I beg Him for help, comfort, and rescue.
But in the day to day, in the worrisome hiccups and squabbles, it seems so much easier, so much more gratifying to pick up the phone and text my best friend. To eat a handful of M&Ms or buy those cute shoes.
But God wants more than my frantic pleas. He wants all of me, my whole heart. He wants me to run to Him when my kids are driving me crazy. When my husband and I can’t stop fighting. When I’m tired, discouraged, and stressed.
When this world spins fast and disaster strikes He wants to be my One, my Only.
So often in times of trouble we turn to the people and the things that can do nothing. All the while resisting the only One who can do anything and everything.
So what does running to Him look like? For me it looks like worship, and solace, and thanksgiving.
It’s a playlist of songs that take me right to the heart of His comfort, His favor, His love. It’s listening to this playlist while getting dressed or cooking dinner instead of other voices, other noise.
It’s prayers whispered in the heat of the moment. In those times I don’t feel like praying. It’s grabbing my prayer journal or taking a walk, a quiet moment just me and God.
It’s filling my heart with the good things He gives me. Scribbling down words of thanks, writing time, a cup of coffee with a good and godly friend. It’s treasure troves of scripture pinned throughout the house. A breath of fresh air from a book that inspires, a sticky-note glimpse of His truth.
And isn’t it also true? That any of these things can become idols, and any of our idols can become conduits of His love.
The difference is who and what we’re running too.
When the heat turns up, turn to Him.
Run to Him.