The first thing to do when isolation overwhelms my heart is, RUN FORREST RUN! I picture the scene in the movie, Forrest Gump. Young Forrest is being bullied and his young girlfriend tells him to run. He begins to run, but his leg braces keep him from running at full speed. He struggles with each stride. Young Jenn-ay yells, “Run Forrest, RUN!” Something in little Forrest wells up, and as he runs faster, the leg braces break apart, and he is set free. He runs fast and takes off in full stride.
The next scene is Forrest sitting on a park bench as an adult. He is telling his story. “Now you wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.”
Often when circumstances overtake my heart, the first thing I want to to do is isolate. Alone time is good, but I can’t allow myself to “box God out”. What I need to do is push through and run to God. Many times I don’t want to. I don’t feel like it. It’s a struggle, like young Forrest attempting to run with his leg braces. But when I break free from the bondage of self pity, and run faster and faster towards God, I get clarity. My heart becomes hopeful.
I love what Forrest says; “From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.”
If I am going somewhere, anywhere, I will be running too. Running right smack dab into God’s arms. Because my leg braces won’t break apart without His help. My heart can’t recover by itself. And I can’t get to where I am going, without Him.