Turn and Run
“But you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:26-28, ESV)
A father came home from work, tired and looking forward to relaxing. As he pulled into his driveway, he could see his children at the top of a nearby hill, running towards a forbidden park; a park where they knew they shouldn’t be playing.
Throwing open the car door, he instinctively yelled out each of their names, "Robert! Stephen! Mary!"
The children screeched to a halt and looked over their shoulders. So excited to see their Daddy, they immediately and joyfully turned on their heels and ran full speed into his waiting arms. They knew his voice.They turned a full 180 degrees and ran from what was forbidden.They chose time with their father—the better thing.
I love the picture of children choosing to be with their Daddy, even though they knew that a lecture and possible punishment may come from disobedience. And, they ran joyfully! It testifies that their relationship is based deeply in love.
We too have a father. He has given us instructions on what is safe and good for us, versus what will destroy our lives and souls. He calls out to us when we begin to venture into danger. Do we hear his voice? Do we know his voice? Do we repent and turn? His arms are open wide—He knows our many sins, but He wants us to spend time with him anyhow. Turn. Run. He’s waiting.
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