DISCLAIMER…SPOILER ALERT…EXCUSE…whatever you want to call it. I am telling you up front, there is yet another Alvin Slaughter song linked to this message. I don’t know what it is or why it is – maybe I am in my Alvin Slaughter CD Season of Life. Nevertheless, stop right here, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKhejMWTJPo, listen to the song then come back.
Imagine the following scenarios.
- It’s an exciting time in your life. You’ve been working on your advanced college degree, and graduation is just around the corner. Already you’d begun interviewing for new jobs, and you just snagged one of your dreams. You begin a new job, graduate and (here’s a bonus) celebrate Christmas – all in a matter of weeks. You come home to share the good news with your spouse and find a note on the kitchen counter. It reads, “I don’t think I want to be married anymore, so I’ve moved some things out. I’ll be in touch.”
- You’re tired, but who isn’t these days, so you just keep pushing; things are bound to slow down soon and you’ll get some rest. You get a note in your inbox that you need to telephone your doctor’s office, so you do during your break. Reception transfers you to the nurse who tells you – over the telephone – that your lab results didn’t look good. “Actually,” she says, “it looks like you have Cancer.”
- Home from the hospital. Alone in bed. Healing from surgery. Other people might consider it a bad thing, but this is a good time for you to catch up on your rest, think some things through and craft a new vision and plan for your life – between naps because the Percocet has you drifting in and out of sleep. The phone rings. It is the IRS. They have some questions about your past six tax returns.
Can you imagine?
My question for you, despite whichever scenario you imagined, “What do you do?”
Scenario 1: Call a Divorce Attorney? Phone a girlfriend? Watch Oprah and Dr. Phil?
Scenario 2: Get a second opinion? Google your symptoms? Start saying your Good-byes?
Scenario 3: Contact an online loan counselor? Buy boxes and schedule a moving company?
Perhaps a better question is, Who do you run to? (Yes, I know it should be To Whom do you run?)
Often we choose from those mentioned above – attorneys, girlfriends, Dr. Phil, Google – or others like them.
John 16:33a (NIV) says, “…In this world you will have trouble…” There is not one of us who cannot testify to the truth of this Scripture. But do you know the truth of the rest of this Scripture? There is encouragement. There is hope. There is a promise. There is a command. There is very present help. We are told to “take heart” because our Lord has “overcome the world.” If we are obedient and look to Him, the source of our help (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV).
Girlfriends are great. I know, I have been blessed with the best. I’ve called a few attorneys and moving companies in my lifetime, and I wish that I had stock in Google. I’ve even watched a couple of episodes of Dr. Phil. But I want the truth of my life to be that when in times of “trouble, pain and fears,” I run to the Lord. Not crawl. Not walk. Not as an afterthought. Not after I have consulted all those other sources.
First. Immediately. Naturally. Readily. Faithfully. Expectantly.
Lord, I run to you.
Because I didn’t have to imagine those scenarios.