Ruth Buchanan,, Faith Beyond Fear, devotional

When I Run from My Fears

Ruth Buchanan,, Faith Beyond Fear, devotional

Runners know the inherent dangers of the sport.

While we all face the possibility of injury, individual runners also grapple with location-based hazards. I’m a Florida-based runner, which means every so often, I run past signs like this one:

Ruth Buchanan,, Faith Beyond Fear, devotional

As a friend of mine likes to point out, that sign is obviously meant for out-of-towners, because no self-respecting Floridian would willingly swim in that lake. We know while alligators do leave the water to travel, they’re not well-equipped to capture prey on land. Therefore, the simplest way to avoid being bitten is to stay high and dry.

For me, the logistics are simple. If I don’t run directly along the bank, I don’t run the risk of a bite.

There are daredevils who flirt with danger, of course. They caper past signs like these, frolic in gator-infested waters, and live to post the videos online. I’m not one of those people. I believe although there are fears we should endeavor to overcome, some fears keep us safe.

This is also true in the Christian life. While I wrestle fears and doubts the Lord will help me overcome, I also live in healthy fear of my own heart—of the part still drawn to my own destruction.

While I wrestle fears and doubts the Lord will help me overcome, I also live in healthy fear of my own heart—of the part still drawn to my own destruction. - Ruth Buchanan Click To Tweet

I’m not alone in this. In addressing how quickly and willingly hearts succumb, Paul writes:

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:12-13, ESV).

Florida is full of alligators, but my fear doesn’t keep me from running—in fact, my healthy fear of gators keeps me safe. It keeps me running from what could potentially destroy me.

In much the same way, I take my own frailty seriously. I do not caper past warning signs in the delusional belief the dangers don’t apply to me.

Instead, I flee to Christ.


Ruth Buchanan,, Faith Beyond Fear, devotional

When we’re scared, we have a refuge.

When we’re scared, we have a refuge in Christ. - Ruth Buchanan Click To Tweet

What healthy fears drive you to Christ? How can we encourage others to seek the comfort of our High Priest, Jesus? Share in the comments below.


Together, let’s run to Christ.


About the Author

Ruth Buchanan, Faith Beyond Fear,, guest writer, When I Run from my Fear

Ruth Buchanan is a Christian freelance writer who holds degrees in ministry and theology. She writes fiction, non-fiction, plays, and sacred scripts. She’s an eager reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and the world’s most reluctant runner. Ruth loves Jesus, family, church, friends, and coffee. She lives and works in South Florida. You can learn more about her and her books by visiting

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8 thoughts on “When I Run from My Fears”

  1. This is excellent! I have to keep at the front of my mind who I would be, what I would look like if it weren’t for Christ, like a nazgul (only kinda sorry for the LOTR reference). It frightens me, but it drives me. Thanks for the reminder and the great post, Ruth!

  2. Great post, Ruth. One of my fears that makes me run toward Christ is my fear of failure. I can easily be distracted by everything that could go wrong, especially when I attempt to control the situation. But I remember I can do all things through Christ and His time is not the same as my time. It helps me to remember to trust His will and not mine.

    1. Oh, absolutely! You are so right.

      I was just talking to a friend about this today. I face fear of failure all the time when I write. One thing that helps me get past it is to remember that when I’m faithful, it doesn’t matter if the results aren’t a home run every time. Faithfulness to Christ and his calling is success.

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