When God ran

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The other day as the kids and I were leaving from school, I saw a mom who was having a little bit of a panic attack. Her child had gotten away from her and she couldn’t find him. She was yelling and looking all over. As we pulled out of the parking lot, I saw that she finally located him, hanging out with a friend down the sidewalk.

If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or have ever babysat, you probably have experienced this. It’s the worst feeling in the world, isn’t it? Those little ones move so fast and it seems like in the blink of an eye, they can be gone.

And then when you find them, down the sidewalk with a friend, or hiding in a clothes rack, you experience the feeling of complete relief and joy.

The moment I saw that mom at school that day, I thought about God and how He feels when His children run away from Him.

I’ve been that child. Stubborn, prideful, and thinking that my way was much better than God’s way.

But God was just like that mom. Just like each of us when our child or the child we are caring for gets away from us.

Isn’t it amazing to think about how much God loves us? The God of the universe. The Creator of all that is. This same God runs after His children, longing for you and me to come home.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. Ezekiel 34:16

This song, “When God Ran,” is a little bit of an oldie. Ok, it’s really an oldie. But it is so good. It encompasses the heart of God and His great love.

Almighty God, The Great I Am, 
Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord.
Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror and the only time,
The only time I ever saw him run,
Was when…He ran to me,
He took me in His arms, 
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face, 
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me by surprise, When God ran…

The day I left home,
I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see,
It was the only time,
It was the only time I ever saw Him run.
And then…

He caught me by surprise.
And He brought me to my knees.
When God ran… I saw Him run to me.

I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day…

I saw Him run to me,
He took me in His arms, 
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face, 
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice 
I felt his love for me again.
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms, 
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face, 
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice 
He said “Son”
He called me Son.
He said “Son, do you know I still love You?”
He ran to me (When God Ran)
(I saw Him run to me) 
And then I ran to Him 
(When God ran)
When God ran

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One thought on “When God ran

    jerri mckinley said:
    October 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Missy,
    Thanks for sharing this song. It may be an “oldie” but it is a “goodie”. Can feel His arms right now surrounding me with His love. There is nothing better..

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