I was sitting at the airport yesterday waiting to board my flight. I was eating God’s chosen food, aka Chick-fil-A.
I noticed a man and his young son (maybe 3 or 4) running. His son was giggling as he chased after his dad.
A couple minutes later I saw them return, but this time they were walking.
The boy had his face glued to a phone screen.
The father then started motioning for his son to come follow him and started running again.
However, the son was not paying attention. He just continued to walk.
The father started waving his son onward and jogging but his son still did not notice.
Eventually, the son looked up at his father, smiled, and started to running as fast as he could after him.
As I dunked my fries into some great sauces, I started thinking about how this is exactly like my relationship, our relationship, with Our Father in Heaven. Many times we are on fire for the Lord. We are running after Him with all of our hearts in pursuit of His will for our lives.
However, we all have distractions just within our fingertips.
Our phones, our technology, our work, our up and down emotions, and especially our sins.
All of these, will cause us to act like this boy looking down at the screen and not seeing his father call him to move forward.
The beautiful thing to remember is that God is always before us waving us onward.
No matter how long we stand there walking and not recognizing the path we are on, He will continue to wait for us to start running with Him again.
Friends, I encourage you today to continue running with the Father.
When you catch yourself slowing down, remember the finish line will appear before you know it.
Be steadfast and look upon him for strength.
Run with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.