I have grandchildren home with us this week–eight and four years old and we’re having a ball.
Each night I get to read books. Last night I read “A Baby Sister for Frances.” It’s a delightful book about the big sister, Frances, who is feeling a little bit left out.
Everything comes to a head when she gets up in the morning and her favorite dress is not ironed and she has to eat bananas because they are out of raisins. All of this is because the little sister is taking up so much time and energy.
Here’s what Frances had to say about it: ” ‘Well,’ said Frances, ‘things are not very good around here anymore. No clothes to wear. No raisins for the oatmeal. I think maybe I’ll run away.’ ”
She does run away, but as every children’s book should, everything turns out fine.
You may feel like Frances. You may be thinking that “things are not very good around here anymore.”
You don’t have to be a child to feel that way. In fact, maybe it’s easier to feel that way as an adult. There are times when you simply feel like running away. You know those times – – when stress is out the roof and life and relationships have gotten you down, when nothing seems to work right and life seems impossible.
Running away is not the answer.
For me, running to is the only answer that makes sense. I have to admit that running away appears much easier, and many people have chosen that route.
Running to may be harder, but it always has a better outcome – – a better outcome for family, friends, and church family. A better outcome for yourself because running to means running into the arms of a loving and caring heavenly Father.
Maybe you are feeling like running away this very day. Let me encourage you to go to God in prayer, in Scripture, and with the church.
Look to Him for strength and help. Simon Peter encouraged the dispersed and persecuted church to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).