Wisdom Literature: The Runaway Bunny

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Dear Lewis,

As you get older your attention span seems to be growing. Well, in some areas. Luckily, books are one of the things that captivate you for long periods of time. Even luckier still, you and I seem to like the same books.

One of our favorites is The Runaway Bunny, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.

The Runaway Bunny

Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”

“If you run after me,” said the little bunny, “I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.” “If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother, “I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”

“If you become a fisherman,” said the little bunny, “I will become a rock on the mountain, high above you.” “If you become a rock on the mountain high above me,” said his mother, “I will be a mountain climber, and I will climb where you are.”
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“If you become a mountain climber,” said the little bunny, “I will be a crocus in a hidden garden.” “If you become a crocus in a hidden garden,” said his mother, “I will be a gardener. And I will find you.”

“If you are a gardener and find me,” said the little bunny, “I will be a bird and fly away from you.” “If you become a bird and fly away from me,” said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

“If you become a tree,” said the little bunny, “I will become a little sailboat, and I will sail away from you.” “If you become a sailboat and sail away from me,” said his mother, “I will become the wind and blow you where I want you to go.”
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“If you become the wind and blow me,” said the little bunny, “I will join a circus and fly away on a flying trapeze.” “If you go flying on a flying trapeze,” said his mother, “I will be a tightrope walker, and I will walk across the air to you.”

“If you become a tightrope walker and walk across the air,” said the bunny, “I will become a little boy and run into a house.” “If you become a little boy and run into a house,” said the mother bunny, “I will become your mother and catch you in my arms and hug you.”

“Shucks,” said the bunny, “I might just as well stay where I am and be your little bunny.” And so he did. “Have a carrot,” said the mother bunny.

The End

 

Lewis, every time we read this book I’m confronted with the truth that God pursues us with the same dedication as the mother bunny pursued her little bunny. I can tell you from my own experience that God has found ways to show He’s always with me, in every different season and place I find myself in life. I can tell you stories of friends who have tried to run from God, only to find He was right there waiting in the darkest situations, no matter how far they thought they’d wandered.

History is one long story of humanity saying to God, “I am running away.” Thankfully, it’s also the story of God saying:

“If you run away I will run after you. For you are mine.”

“If you run away I will become a wrestler and I will struggle with you and bless you.”

“If you run away I will become a burning bush and I will speak to you and make you a leader.”

“If you run away I will become a man and I will dwell among you and teach you.”

“If you run away I will become The Passover Lamb and I will die for you and I will redeem you.”

Lewis, keep The Runaway Bunny on your bookshelf along side Put Me in the Zoo. You’ll never outgrow its reminder: no matter where you go or what you do, God’s love is relentless; He will become whatever He needs to be and do whatever He needs to do to prove that He will always be with you.

– Dad

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

Is your life a testament to the relentless love of God?

How has He shown you there is nothing that can separate you from His love?

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