Running Away

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before i say it. You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head.

This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God, to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you. Psalm 139: 1-12 (TLB)

Grace Epperson is from Michigan. When she was young, she often ran away. She thought you had to actually run to run away, so off Grace would go. She wouldn't get far before her brother would catch up and bring Grace home. Grace always knew he would come and get her.

Then her brother joined the Army in 1946, on his 17th birthday. He had been Grace's confidant, adviser, and protector, and she missed him terribly. While away, he wrote Grace letters filled with wise advice and promises that he would keep her safe. Grace still has those letters. Her brother visited home after several months, and when it was time for him to leave again, Grace cried and begged him to stay. She even refused to go to the train station to see him off. She didn't know that the next time she would see him would be three months later, when his coffin would arrive at the train station. He died of pneumonia as a complication of kidney disease.

Grace never physically ran away after that, but she ran in other ways. This time, God came after her. God brought her to a church where people took her in and showed her the love of Christ.She is eternally grateful for the church that set her on the path that changed her life. Although from time to time Grace has strayed from that path, God has always brought her back.

Grace's story should remind us never to take life for granted. We need to love each other every day and remember that God loves us every day!

Prayer: Redeeming God, thank you for bringing us back when we run away. Thank you for the people you have placed in our lives who love us, watch over us, and protect us. Help us to never take life for granted, in the name of Jesus, who gave His life for us, amen.

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