Life doesn't always deal a harmonious hand - in fact, some days it feels as though anxieties and concerns multiply by the hour. We can no more stop their advance than hold back a tide from rising up the shoreline.
So what's your first instinct on days like that?
Is it forcing yourself to cope and pushing ahead regardless of the agitation and bad mood that swiftly follows, or do you crumble in a heap and break open that bar of chocolate hiding in the bottom drawer?
First instinct should always be run to Jesus and fall at His feet - "Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) - but if you're like me that instinct rarely makes an appearance easily.
I wonder why?
Perhaps because the things of this world are more real to me than the reality of Heaven, and therefore I respond to them without stopping to remember the One who holds my life and this world in His palm, the One who in the blink of an eye can wrap me in His peace and flood my worried and distracted mind with a calm that cannot be shaken.
Am I describing you, too?
Run swiftly to the arms of Jesus when the world seems overwhelming and the day not long enough.
Run gladly to His rest and allow His gentle hands to catch you as you fall.
Run with confidence to His outstretched arms because they wait to embrace you with a love and hope so true that nothing else can compare.
Run to Him because He will give you peace in every way.
I pray this becomes my first instinct.
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