One Thing You Don’t Have to Do Anymore

When I was a teen, I loved nothing more than running. I was fast, and it brought me joy.

As I grew older, I still ran but there was little joy involved.

When I felt vulnerable, I ran emotionally to put distance between myself and circumstances or people.

When I felt God asking me to step into faith, I ran to avoid putting myself “out there.” 

When I felt that I’d never measure up, I ran toward comparison.

When you are in the process of healing, running might feel like second nature. It may even make sense deep down where brokenness resides, but there’s another way for we’ve been given a promise.

We can run toward the Healer.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)”

I love this invitation even more when I read the passage in The Message.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Matthew 11:28-30 The Msg)”

While I have identified with the feelings described in this passage, after years of running toward Jesus I identify with the promises more.

  • Run towardme and recover your life.
  • Run towardme to find rest.
  • Run towardme to embrace grace.
  • Run towardme and you’ll never walk alone again.

We often focus on what we must doto heal.

Today, I want to invite you to focus on one thing you don’t have to do.

You don’t have to run awayanymore.

When you run toward him, there’s direction and wisdom in the midst of our circumstances.

When you run toward him, you don’t have to fear that you’ll disappoint him. God understands that we stumble as we learn, for that is part of learning.  We can also celebrate how far we have come and how that delights the heart of our Heavenly Father.

When you run toward him, he meets you right where you are. We know that because Jesus showed us that over and over again throughout scripture. There’s no magical marker you have to achieve before the healing process begins so don’t wait one more second.

Today I would say that I’m still a strong runner, but the direction I run has changed in all the best ways.

I’ve grown more than I could imagine, and that process continues even today. Layer by layer, the healing process led me to the woman God knew I could be all along and I’m grateful.

That promise is for you too.

Are you running away, sweet friend? If so, the invitation in Matthew 11:28 is yours to embrace. Run towardHim and He’ll meet you there.

Suzie Eller

Q: In what ways have you been running?

Q:Describe one way that Matthew 11:28-30 in The Messagespeaks to you in your healing process.


Now, let’s make that a prayer. I’ll start. 

Lord, I’m not going to run away from you. If anything, I want to run toward You with all of my being. Thank you that You search for me, and You found me long ago. I rest as You meet me right where I am. I hide nothing from You, but invite You into my life, my thoughts, my heart all over again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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