How do you react when life doesn't go the way you expected? What do you do when it changes? Or doesn't change? Do you run away or toward the problem, situation, or circumstance facing you? More importantly, do you run to God with it? I've often heard it said that it's not so much the problem or circumstance, but what you do with it, that matters. I believe wholeheartedly that that little statement, that little bit of commentary on life, is true. The circumstance itself is a catalyst. Sometimes it can be a catalyst into fear, sometimes into the waters of doubt. But regardless, it should always catapult us into the arms of our loving Savior.
The Lord does not expect us to be numb or devoid of emotion. He expects us to be rightly angry when unjustly wronged. He expects us to weep tears of sorrow when faced with pain, tragedy, and loss. He expects us to, at times, feel doubt and worry and failure. But as our loving Father, He also expects us to approach Him with it, seek Him through it, and trust Him to work in it. He is our Father. His love, tenderness, mercy, and compassion are completely unfathomable.
He had compassion upon the multitudes when they were with Him and fed them. He had mercy on the woman caught in adultery and said, "Go and sin no more." His disciples rebuked the parents of little children and Jesus tenderly said, "Let them come unto me." And when asked how much He loved the world, He stretched out His arms upon the cross and said, "This much." So great is His love, tenderness, mercy, and compassion! So great we cannot begin to comprehend it all.
So when, through trials and life's stormy blasts, you want to run away from it all, by all means run! Run into the arms of the one who loves you far deeper than you could possibly know. Run to Him whose mercy exceeds our greatest hopes. Run to the one who tenderly holds His children and compassionately feels all of your pain. Run to the Savior, run to your Father, run to the one who cares about you and whatever situation you face so much that He died to redeem it out of the ashes and dust.
You are loved, you are precious, you are beloved, and you are redeemed. Never will you be left to struggle on your own. He is there in the midst of trials and pain and fiery torture. Run to Him because He loves you and because He cares.