There is a big difference between a coward and a hero. The coward runs away and stays away. The hero runs away but he always returns at the appropriate time.
In the biography of General Douglas MacArthur written by Bob Considine there is a picture of General MacArthur on the front cover. The picture shows the general standing like a boulder, looking off into the distance, with his famous corncob pipe in his mouth.
You can almost hear him telling the people of the Philippines, “I shall return.” Ordered to make a strategic withdrawal, his promise to return became the rallying cry for a whole country. MacArthur had to “run away” for a while, but he would “return” — and it was the returning that mattered most.
Jesus ran away into Egypt with Mary and Joseph because of Herod, but he returned!
All of our running away, as Christians, should be with the ultimate goal of returning.
Why do we run away? When I look at my own experience, I find that I usually run away for one of three reasons: I am frightened, I am fatigued or I am frustrated. Isn’t that why you run away too?
My appreciation to John Thomas Randolph for sharing.
Think of a situation or a person that YOU ran away from and need to return to in 2023.
YOUR PROBLEMS HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE. THEY WON’T LAST FOREVER. GOD’S PROMISES NEVER EXPIRE. THEY WILL STAND FOREVER!!