The Runaway’s Hope in a God-Made Ladder — 33 Comments

  1. Lovely words written; even when we run from God, He runs behind us and never gives up on us; he welcomes us back with loving arms open wide and can bring us through any circumstance!

    I will be praying for Annie…
    Blessings and hugs,

  2. I am terrified of raising teenagers (this is the 2nd post that has led me to this conclusion today!), but I love how you write — God’s children run away, too, and it’s not because He hasn’t given us everything He has. I am so afraid of screwing up my children, but it goes to show, some kids just have things they need to work out. Hopefully they will know that forgiveness always lives here.

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    I will be praying for sweet Annie and her parents. I’m asking God to help her find her way home so she can work on the inside things among the people who love her most dearly.
    There are seasons when all we can do is hold on tight to God’s mercy. I’m in that season now praying for my husband and my marriage.
    grace and peace to you,

  4. I love that even when we run…God pursues us! He will welcome us home with open arms when we turn back to Him! Blessings, Joan

  5. Ah… this is beautifully written and gracefully shared… I remember these days well… when I was the one who ran away.

    I have got a teenager, soon to be a legal adult… and I have a 2 year old, with 2 other children in between…

    I try to remember what it is like to be a child… so that I will remember what it is they go through in their young minds and hearts…

    Praying for grace and for God’s love to work it’s way into the wayward heart… Even this I pray for my own..

    Blessings to you…

  6. I love how this holds three stories in one (well, actually MANY stories) and shows the different points in the journey. Thanks, Amy

  7. I gained a lot of insight of your description and thoughts on the ladder. God many times shows us our ladder before we are strong enough to climb it! I like how you said that sometimes we need to “climb” that ladder for others first — gives us strength to climb it for God.

    Even with all that practice, all he had to endure with his father-in-law, he still struggled with God. I love how you made a parallel from Jacob’s story to children who run away from home. It is a difficult lesson to learn that parents are God’s appointed authorities over their children’s lives. When children disobey their parents, it’s as if they are disobeying God.

    Thank you for such a beautiful, thought-provoking post, my dear friend!

  8. Wow, these stories of runaways make me consider my own runaway heart — my running away from God . . . and the beautiful, amazing hope in the reminder of the Father walking down that ladder, to us, to me. Thank you. Bless you.

  9. oh, that my hands will find themselves clasped tightly on that ladder, friend. Such a lovely and vivid image.

  10. Nice how you weaved these present stories of runaways to the truth of the story of Jacob. I never thought about this story in that context, you opened some perspective for me. Praying that Annie is found and so thankful your own is back on the path.

  11. Thank you for both blogs on Annie, for the support, encouragement, and perspective. These were the words and messages I needed to consider today. (Annie’s sister)

  12. I love the vision of a God made ladder…sometimes we are in a dark hole…but there is always a ladder leading us to Him. blessings~

  13. OH, how I am praying for Annie. Jacob’s story always gives me hope. So many wrong turns. Bless him. This is a beautiful telling, a wonderful application. Praying for the runaways to return.

  14. Praying for Annie’s return and for all runaways to return and find His love reaching out to them…what an encouraging story about your son and God reaching out first to Jacob and to us…Blessings, and Happy Easter, early 🙂

  15. As an adult, I ran…I ran from God. And I am thankful that He welcomed this prodigal daughter home with open arms.

    Praying for Annie’s safe return.

  16. That’s the best kind of ladder to put your feet on. Sure beats the corporate ladder and all other kinds that we try to dream up, here on Planet Earth!

    Happy Easter, friend.

  17. Hey ML! I am still praying fo rAnnie. I was so hoping that she had returned home. I loved your post. I cherish the vision of the ladder and also of God and Jacob wrestling, not because Jacob was “having to fight for what he wanted”, but because he shows us that being persistent is necessary if we want God’s blessings sometimes. It shows Him how much faith we have in Him.

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