Life has a way of throwing us curveballs.
What about the quote that says, when "Life gives you lemons, make lemonade." That works well for some but there are many people who would just rather run. However, once you have run your marathon to get away from your problem, when you return it will still be there.
Running does not always mean physically moving. We can run away from our issues by not communicating with others. We sleep more and we lay around the house. We don't take phone calls or return text messages. Some folks run to a quart of ice cream or to drugs, alcohol and hanging out with the wrong people. It is all simply a way of escape. However, after all is said it done you still have to return to deal with what is in front of you.
You may find that you feel physically, emotionally and spiritually broken. You find yourself saying "I am tired, I am done with people, places and things." These are all clear signs that life has hit you a bit harder than you anticipated. I have been guilty of running away from many things myself.
However, as I have grown more mature, I have learned that I must deal with things head on. The further away I run the longer it will take to get to a resolution and move on with my life. It does not matter where we run to, we will be found. In the book of Jeremiah 23:24 (NLV) the verse says this: "Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?says the LORD." God is clearly letting us know that we can't hide, he will always know where we are.
God has equipped you to deal with certain situations and he will certainly not give you more than you can handle. He said it in his Word in 1 Corinthians 10:13 "You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin."
My challenge for you this week is to deal with what is in front of you. Here are a few questions:
Is it a small situation or problem that you have been putting off? For example, an outstanding bill wherein bill collectors are calling you daily. Try coming up with a settlement to pay a small amount monthly.
Is it a follow up appointment with a doctor for a health issue? Go back and ensure that all is well with your health.
Is it a problem at work? Schedule a meeting with the person and clear the air. It could all be one big misunderstanding.
These are just a few examples of things we run away from that if not dealt with can escalate into a much bigger headache. Stop running and stop hiding. You won't be able to hide for long. Whatever the situation, it will find you.
I encourage to take the challenge to deal with some of your situations head on.
After all you may be hiding from your problems, but they will always find you.
Meditate on that!