This is what the Sovereign Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.
Isaiah 30:15,18 (NLT)
Running is more than exercise; running is often our default when God is in the picture. We're running from God when we work our tails off to prove we should exist and that we matter because of what we can do or what we have.
God's constant plea to us, the runners, is to rest and to wait in the quiet and in confidence that He will come near. The entire Bible could be said to be God's plea to His Beloved "Return to me!" That's why Jesus came as a baby--to make the plea personal and the return possible. Jesus's love is evidence that you matter already, and should exist--you don't have to work for it! You can rest in it.
God reminds us of three of His names in these verses to assure us of Who He is. Can you find them? Better yet, will you trust them? God is reminding us that we are not returning to an abusive situation. We are coming home--a good, beautiful, and secure home with Him.
I'm returning, Father God. I am stopping the mad dash, and turning around to come home. I'm waiting quietly for you to come and pick up the pieces of my life and make me strong and confident again. I rest in you, Sovereign, Holy, and Faithful God and who you say I am. Thank you for welcoming me back so warmly! How could I have waited so long? If only I knew what overwhelming love was waiting for me when I returned! It's good to be back. Amen.