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He Carries Us Home

It’s a crucial point in nearly every romantic comedy. Our heroine is distraught. Something, or someone, has hurt her. In her pain, she recoils. She insists she wants to be left alone. She insists she is fine. She insists that she just needs some space.

And we all know she’s lying.

As women, we know that, deep down, what she really desires is for someone to run after her. She wants someone to offer her a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, an empathetic heart. Not because she is helpless, but because someone finds her worthy of help.

Whoever does this, then, is the hero. Whether it’s the handsome stranger, the lifelong friend-turned-love, or her best girlfriends, whomever comes after her is the one who saves the day. This person is the hero because they prove that they know her. They are able to read between the smile-lines and see the breaking heart. They know that what our heroine really needs is not to be left alone, but to be carried home.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Often, we quickly tune out of this Gospel because it’s so familiar. “I know how this ends,” we think, “Jesus leaves the 99 good ones to go after the sinner and He never gives up on us, yada yada…”

But what if we pause today and really listen? Yes, the Gospel absolutely affirms the fact that Jesus will search for us when we become lost in our sin. Praise Him for that.

Jesus also comes after us when, in our sadness, we choose to walk away. “I’m fine, Lord,” we insist. “I don’t want to bring the others down. Please just leave me alone,” we say.

And Jesus knows we’re lying.

In our relationship with Christ, we don’t have to worry about Him hurting us and we don’t have to wonder if He will come after us. Because He will. Because, as He reiterates in the Gospel, He knows us. (John 10:14) He always saves the day, sisters. He always carries us home.

What is hurting you today? What are you pretending you can handle on your own, with just a little space? Will you bring that to your Good Shepherd today? Will you allow Him to run after you, to carry you home?

Olivia Spears lives in Kentucky where sweet tea and bourbon flow like milk and honey. She is the Blog Manager for Blessed is She and works from home as an editor and social media manager. She likes to binge novels and Netflix while raising her children and laughing with her husband. You can find out more about her here.

5 Comments

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    Joy
    April 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Beautifully written! Thank you!

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    Laura
    April 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful reflection!

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    Sarah
    April 23, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I needed this today after the week I have been having. I haven’t been doing reflections for a while, and it was no surprise that this was what I needed, so thank you 🙂

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    Alex
    April 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I’m a little late in reading this post, but I needed to see this and it was probably today that I needed to see it. I have been dealing with a lot of changes in life lately. The end of a 5 year relationship, moving back to my home state, and taking on a new job when I get there, plus finding a new place to call home spiritually and physically. Unfortunately I’ve noticed that I have been pushing people away since the relationship ended. Some of the people weren’t very good to have in my life at that time always telling me to get over it and that there’s someone better. Okay I get it, but that’s not necessarily the way to tell someone who is grieving to move on with their life. Anyway thank you for sharing this reflection!

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      Doris
      April 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Oh my gosh, I totally feel the same!! I just got out of a year long relationship, but it has been very very difficult on me. I always push people away, and pushed away my ex boyfriend during our relationship, expecting him to be my hero and come after me. But I pushed him away too far and let sin and pride overtake the relationship, and it is a hurt beyond anything I have ever felt. To lose a wonderful man that I imagined would be my husband. But this devotional was so helpful to read today, and I have already been undergoing a lot of change in my physical life and spiritual life. It was nice to read this and truly relate to the message. I am so ready for God to come and save me! He will never let us down! 🙂

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