Church & God

The Guy I Was Running From

I was running, alone, free, at my own pace.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was a guy right behind me. Funny because I hadn’t noticed him there before.
My body was strong but, as I ran from him, it began to feel tense and panicky.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to run on my own.
I picked up the pace, hoping to leave him in my dust.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was less distance between us, a gap growing smaller with each step. Funny because I hadn’t noticed I was going so slow.
My mind was calm but, as I ran from him, it began to spiral out of control.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to run by myself.
I kept running, jabbing him in the side, hoping he’d bugger off.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was an umbrella above my head. Funny because I hadn’t noticed it was raining.
My clothes and hair and skin were wet but, as I ran with him, I began to dry.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to hold my own umbrella.
I elbowed him, hoping he’d leave me alone.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was a scarf around my neck, gloves on my hands, ear muffs on my head. Funny because I hadn’t noticed it was cold.
My skin was covered in goosebumps, my body shivering but, as I ran with him, I began to warm.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to put on my own scarf and gloves and ear muffs.
I gave him an ugly look, hoping he’d get the hint.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was an arm under mine. Funny because I hadn’t noticed how hard it was to take each step.
My façade was cold and hard but, as I ran with him, it began to weaken.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to walk on my own.
I slowed and slowed some more.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was a wheelchair beneath my bottom. Funny because I hadn’t noticed how unable I was.
My legs were broken but, as I sat there, I felt myself still moving forward.
Who is this guy? Why won’t he leave me alone? I want to know now.
I looked up and said, “Thank you, sir.”
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was a smile on his face. Funny because I hadn’t noticed what he looked like.
My eyes were open but, as I rode, I saw him for the first time.
This guy is good. His love for me has no conditions. I want to stay with him.
I leaned my head back and relaxed.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was wind in my hair, a breeze blowing across my face. Funny because I hadn’t noticed we were soaring through the air.
My legs were broken but, as I was cradled in his arms, I moved faster than I’d ever dared to imagine.
This guy gave me new life. He chose to redeem my brokenness. I want to stay with him.
Forever.
I wrapped my arms around him and sighed with contentment.
Then, I noticed the strangest thing…

There was peace in my heart, love in my soul, life in my body. Funny because I hadn’t noticed how empty I’d been.
But now that I did, I never wanted to let him go, because a day soaring in his arms is better than a lifetime running alone.

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