Why I Long to Run With Abandon to My God

Why I Long to Run With Abandon to My God

Why I Long to Run With Abandon to My God 150 150 Stephanie Thompson

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.


Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She writes about sensing the voice of God and encountering the Holy Spirit in the midst of our everyday routines. Her pieces have appeared on Mudroomblog, The Mighty, Altarwork, as well as other sites. She is a writer for the Redbud Guild. In addition, her passion for those affected by mental illness finds itself woven into some of her writing. Stephanie lives in Mokena, Illinois with her husband and three teens. A speaker at various venues, she blogs at http://stephaniejthompson.com/ and can be followed on Twitter @s2thomp and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieThompsonspeakerAndBlogger/ .

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  • Stephanie, I love to jog. As I get older (I’m almost 50), I cannot run as far, but I still get out there because it’s time with the Lord as well as exercise.

    While running, I meditate upon some of the scriptures you’ve included here. I imagine myself running without growing weary.Running with abandon. Running to my Father’s open arms.

    Thanks for capturing some of my experience in your beautifully written words.