When You Need to Run to Someone

When You Need to Run to Someone

He will be the stability of your times. Isaiah 33:6

The trees stood like sentinels watching over me.

My vivid nine-year-old imagination could have sworn they parted a little, making a path to show me the way to my hiding place on the high rock. Life at home was scary and I didn’t feel safe. But up here, away from the house with the red siding, I was secure. No one but the birds and the squirrels noticed me, and they didn’t mind sharing the mountain with me.

Today I am a mother of three children and the thought of them running away from our home to find safety in the woods is frightening. But for a little girl growing up in the mountains amidst trauma and abuse, the woods were a place of refuge and solace.

Even today when I read about God my Rock, my hiding place, my fortress, I can still feel the strength of my mountain hiding place under my feet, its rough, lichen-crusted sides comforting like the wrinkled hand of a loving grandfather. I loved that place, for it taught me about God.

Recently I found myself running again.

I was overwhelmed with the trials of life and my own limitations. An insatiable urge rose up in me to find the forest again. After dropping my son at school, I made my way to a local wildlife reserve and wound my way through the tall, silent trees, their branches reaching protectively over the road as I passed. I found a place to park and rolled the windows down, breathing in the peace.

Reaching for my Bible on the seat beside me, I opened it to the rock-words of Isaiah 33:6: And He will be the security and stability of your times, a treasure of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is your treasure. (AMP) 

The quaking in my chest steadied, my throbbing heart settled, and my mind cleared. Yes, the Rock. 

I ran to my rock as a little girl, and I run to him as a woman. He cares for me and he is a sure foundation. He keeps me safe and settles me when life pummels me with more than I can handle. He steadies me, for he alone is my stability.

Run to him today.

Lord, thank you for being the stability of my times, in every season of my life. Amen.

About Audrey Frank

Audrey Frank is an author, speaker, and storyteller. The stories she shares are brave and true. They give voice to those whose words are silenced by shame, the hard things in life that don’t make sense, and the losses that leave us wondering if we will survive. Her upcoming book, From Shame to Honor, is an outpouring of Audrey’s heart to introduce others to the God of Instead. You can also find Audrey at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Comments

  1. What a beautiful post. I also had a hiding place as a child. Not that I lived with abuse. But every person needs a quiet place with God when some portion of life gets overwhelming.

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