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Run the Other Way


When it comes to the helpless, something shatters me. The little spider crawling across the floor or the bee I am allergic to enters the house.

The thought of killing either is 2nd place. Open the door so the bee is given freedom and gently sit the little spider on the back steps. Don’t dare ask my daughter to do anything with spiders; she will run the other way.

In the midst of our country’s Armageddon right now it was nice to accidentally find a decent movie on TV last night.

Dolphin Tale” is about a dolphin washed up on shore with her tail caught in a trap. Saved by the local underwater wildlife hospital she is restored to health but without her tail.  The story is based on truth with a cast of wonderful people such as Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Natalie Judd.

If you have the time and need a break please watch this movie. You will hurt, cry, laugh and be blessed as this story sends a message of hope and courage through one of God’s sea miracles. And yes, it is a family movie without all the garbage.

Isn’t hope what we need right now? A simple movie grieving the pains of a dolphin that changed the world around her without knowing it giving life saving hope for man and beast.

Stories of priceless loss throughout history have shed light on what appears to be hopeless.

Yet, all it takes is one voice, one act of kindness and a desire to pursue a miracle.

Romans 12: 1“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

How often do we “run the other way?”

How often do we see the ailing dolphin washed up on shore and leave it to die?

There is something to be said for “hanging in there.”

Naturally speaking sometimes a physical “hanging in there” isn’t possible, but never does that negate the prayer language of God.

Psalm 107:20 “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”

The endangered species of hope is not forgotten but lately may be hidden under the rocks of cruelty, fear, doubt and the unknown. We fail to see beyond when we are crouched underneath the cross instead of on our knees in front of it. In other words the price of hope is found above ground after the resurrection. We must be willing to crawl out from our sadness, sorrow and lamenting to see the hope and grab it.

Much was lost for hope to reappear.

Much was endured for hope to become a vision.

Much was spent for hope to remain a vision.

The vision of hope is seen in the darkness of life’s most miserable moments. Hope is that flash of light in a vile word, a bitter rejection or a back-stabbing betrayal.

Hope isn’t running the other way; running into the hurt or the pits of fueled hate imposed by others. It is release; it is running as a storm chaser into the storm but with the peace, rest and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Hope knows deep down is a glimmer of the lantern of Jesus standing in the dark saying,

“Come. Follow me. This is the way.”





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6 thoughts on “Run the Other Way

  1. “…it is running as a storm chaser into the storm but with the peace, rest and guidance of the Holy Spirit…”

    What a great analogy. Great post.

  2. Hi Cathy, that was a great message, thank you and yes as we see evil all around us we know that time is short, as prophesied in Scripture in the end times it would be like in the time of Noah and there was much evil then. But we as God’s heart Children have a Hope that does not die because it has a foundation of Love.

    You will recognise your message Cathy in the Power Point, the Link is below…

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-brightest-flame/

    Christian Love Anne

  3. that was beautiful!!!! i loved reading it not once but twice!

  4. Looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks for the tip, Cathy.
    God Bless you & yours!

  5. Wonderful post. And I have seen that movie, it is truly inspiring. 🙂

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