Why I Long to Run With Abandon to My God

Arms stretched wide; a posture of surrender and vulnerability forthcoming.

Not in front to push away or self protect

Legs moving forward as in autopilot; I can barely feel the soles of my feet beating the pavement

At times, my toes nearly skim the surface of the ground beneath me

My face drips with the very water that sustains my life

Sweat and tears blur that which I run toward

but my feet know the way

I run into the embrace of the one who abandons not.

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge” Psalm 91:4

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” Deut. 33:27

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8

This is what I long for.

To abandon

the  voices of deceit; whispering of unforgivable guilt

the beasts; threatening to keep me in fear of treading the path set before me

the temptation to head down the path which promises reward for my impatience

I long to let the embrace of my Creator remain memorized in every tendon and muscle

For my God never abandons me.

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10 thoughts on “Why I Long to Run With Abandon to My God

  1. Jeannie Prinsen

    I just love how you’ve described those deceitful voices. We can run away from them into God’s arms — but so often I fail to do that, because of fear or pride or … you name it. I’m so grateful that God’s compassions are new every morning and that He never abandons me no matter what.

    I always appreciate your posts, Stephanie, and this one is no exception.

    Jeannie (right next door to you at #45 this week!)


  2. Jeanne Takenaka

    Stephanie, I love the reminders you offer here today. All those verses speak to me of the faithfulness of God. He is our steady rock. Which is why we can live abandoned to Him. And this right here: “I long to let the embrace of my Creator remain memorized in every tendon and muscle” Yes, that is how I long to live as well.

    Great post friend!


  3. kelly @kellyblackwell

    So beautiful. I love the word picture of abandoning all those negative influences in our lives to the utter joy and freedom found in the one who will never abandon us.
    Have a beautiful week!


  4. Jeannie Prinsen

    Stephanie, I thought I had made a comment here but it doesn’t seem to appear; pardon me if this ends up being a duplicate (I will probably end up saying something totally different anyway! 🙂 ) I love this post, as I do all of yours. That list of things to abandon really struck me. Those voices and beasts can be powerful, but not as strong as the God who is faithful. Thanks so much for these words.

    Jeannie – Next door at #45 in linkup


  5. Brother Jay

    Wonderfully written! I believe in my spirit that you have a gift of exhortation. May your gift continue to bless others by consuming you for the purpose God has chosen you. 🙏🏾



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