When the desire to go AWOL hits, you need do the opposite and stay. We have God on our side. He’s our refuge and strength. He promises to go with us.
Have you ever had one of those days where you would just like to go AWOL? Absent without leave, absent without notice, far away, vanish, gone, disappear! As much as “disappearing” sounds like the answer it’s not. There will always be those situations in life that we need to get out of but that isn’t the same as up and quitting and disappearing into nowhere.
Believe it or not at times to stay is a much better way to handle life because no matter where we run off to life follows us. Even in death life follows us into eternity into our choice of eternal destination of Heaven or Hell.
Truly what makes it a better way is when we have God on our side. Some might insert an argument here saying I wouldn’t feel like disappearing if God was truly on my side. He seems to be working for the other team!
STOP! Just stop right there and get off your pity party. God is on our side. That does not guarantee us a smooth sailing, pain free, wonderfully comfortable life. What it reassures you and I is a secure refuge and enduring strength in Him. He is there to see us safely out of the tough situations we get ourselves into not to escort us around the outskirts of potentially hard times.
In other words, if we want to win our race we need to change our direction and run to Jesus not elsewhere. Truly by our modification in our actions we can change AWOL from absent without leave to “Always with Our Lord!” Amen? Amen!
© 2012 Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing