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A Place to Run

A Place to Run

Springtime in my beloved North Carolina brings warmth, endless shades of green, southern snow (tsunami of pollen), and near-daily thunderstorms. In this volatile season, God used an experience with a sudden storm and a tiny toddler to teach this “child” how to respond when life’s storms threaten to overwhelm.

Distant thunder rolled and rumbled as a rainstorm moved through the area. Little Eliott watched, mesmerized, as water pelted the windows and puddles formed outside his house where we were spending the morning together.

His 18-month-old body wriggled with excitement and wonder as he stayed by his rain-watching post.

Then came a flash of lightening and my warning to move back from the window. He looked at me, unsure of what to do. Then…


Thunder rattled the window panes and sent a little boy sprinting across the room—straight into my arms.

No hesitation. No thinking it through. No agonizing over options.

When “disaster” struck, Eliott ran for the safest place he knew—the arms of someone who loved him.

Oh, how I want to be like that! Open. Trusting. Confident.

I long for my heart to be so in tune with Jesus, that I run to Him first, seek His arms first—before getting locked down with a thousand other ideas and options. Before the voices of this world crowd my heart and mind, bringing doubt and chaos.

When the cares of this life threaten to sweep over me and rattle my peace, I want to run to the very heart of God…

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Psalm 28:7).

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7).

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

Has there been a BOOM in our lives? Let’s show our families where to run.

Let’s leap into the arms of the One who loves us.

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and Peanut M&Ms enthusiast. She has penned four books, including Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals) and Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing, June 2019 release). You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or at Connect on Twitter at @LThomasWrites.

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