When Someone You Love is Running | Rhonda Schrock

It was Wordless Wednesday. Well, I thought it was going to be Wordless Wednesday that particular day until I was driving home, mocha in hand, and along about County Road 7, Someone Else changed it up.

“Speak,” He said. “Tell this one. Today.”

I’d been thinking as I rode along in the **BMV, favorite CD poked in, about those we love who are running away. Thinking how there’s no one here, nobody at all, who doesn’t know someone who’s runnin’.

You don’t get to live down here and dodge that bullet. The world’s too big and folks are just so different that it never works that way. Everyone – everyone – knows a runner, loves a runner, or was a runner, and in all of that, there’s a lot of hurtin’ that happens, and it can nearly take a person out if you don’t know how to look at it.

Everyone has a story, see, and you can’t usually tell on the face of it what a person’s carryin’. Maybe that’s why Jesus said, “I look past the outside right on down into the heart,” and, “Don’t judge the other fellow,” and stuff like that, things this girl needs to listen to more, and she’s tryin’. But that’s another post for another day.

Anyway. Back to this thing of runners and those who love them. What if (this is what He whispered to me plain the other day)…

What if those who are running away – running from us, running from Him – are actually running right to Him, even if they don’t know it yet? What if that?

What if this all-knowing, all-wise, everywhere-present Father we love, you and I, is just that big that He can guide the wildest runner’s steps and lead them straight to Him? Even when they’re running in what looks like the absolute, opposite direction from Him and us? What if that?

You can see how much peace this spoke to my own heart, can’t you, as I thought of the precious runners I love? Can you see, you who pray and weep and intercede over your own beloved runners, the peace He means for you?

He really is that big. He really is that wise. He really is that loving to guide a runner’s steps straight back to Him. He can, and He will.

Praying for you today, dear friend, and your runner.

**BMV – Blue Mommy Van

About Rhonda Schrock

Rhonda Schrock lives in Northern Indiana with her husband and 4 sons, ages 22 to 6. By day, she is a telecommuting medical transcriptionist. In the early morning hours, she flees to a local coffee shop where she pens “Grounds for Insanity,” a weekly column that appears in The Goshen News. She is an occasional guest columnist in The Hutch News. She’s also blogged professionally for her son’s school of choice, Bethel College, in addition to humor and parenting blogs. She is a writer and editor for the magazine, “Cooking & Such: Adventures in Plain Living.” She survives and thrives on prayer, mochas, and books. Her new home in cyberspace is at http://RhondaSchrock.com.


  1. Karen Lange says:

    I like that idea – that they are running straight to Him but don’t even know it yet. I wonder if we aren’t all like that in even just a small area in our lives. All things are arranged to cause our steps to come back to the Savior who’s working in us.

  2. Rhonda:
    Our pastor says,”All roads lead from the cross and all roads lead TO the cross.” If we think about it this is a true statement. Yes, sometimes Jesus lets us get away from Him, just for a while. He allows this in order for us to grow closer to Him.

  3. This is good stuff, ladies! Thank you!