Escape

 

Running Man from blocksI have used this word escape many times. I like to watch movies for entertainment, but also a brief “escape” from reality. I had fun with our family at an “Escape Room” in Atlanta about a year ago. I have escaped car accidents. I’ve escaped bad relationships. I have escaped some pretty bad situations and I give the Lord credit for helping me escape. I am learning to let Him lead because always has an escape plan – a way out.

Paul talks about how the Lord will give us a way out of temptation. I have lived this out for sure. Check this out…

12 So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall. 13 No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 CSB)

The Lord is powerful and insightful enough to make a way where there seems to be no way. I should never be full of pride for my behavior. I am who I am and what I am because of Jesus living inside of me. It’s not what I’ve done but what He’s done. I want to make Him known and let me fade into oblivion.

He has made an escape route for me too many times to count. I am so thankful. My life could have been destroyed. He is strong – I am weak. He is completely aware – I am often naïve. He is always present – I’m often absent minded and forgetful. I’m going to stick with Him as He helps me navigate the mine fields of this life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Escape

 

EXIT STRATEGYOne of my favorite movies when I was a kid was “The Great Escape”. The word escape is generally used in terms of getting away from something to that is holding me down or to evade capture from something or someone. In general when I escape something or someone I run to something or someone else. There are times that I simply want to be alone and I need to escape from the noise of my day.

One of the things I enjoy about the early morning in my chair is the quietness of the moment to allow clear study, thinking and preparation for the day.

Saul is full on ready to kill David and he narrowly escapes. Check this out…

11 Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, ‘If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.’ 12 So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped.

18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. (1 Samuel 19:11-12,18 NIV)

I love the fact that when David fled from Saul, he went straight to Samuel. He sought out spiritual help in this most desperate situation. I remember a situation a long time ago when I felt personally attacked in a public place. I was very upset and angry about the mistreatment. I remember that all I wanted to do was go sit by a lake and try to calm down. I’ve learned that if I fight fire with fire, I could get burned. I was trying to seek the Lord and His wisdom and counsel.

I think that an escape from certain situations is completely necessary. I’m not a quitter and I don’t just run from trouble on a whim. I have found great help in stepping back (escaping briefly) to reassess my options and gather my thoughts. If I’m going to step back and escape from a situation, I need to be sure and run to the counsel of The Lord. He gives me wisdom, strength and courage to navigate through any situation.

Pressing On!

Dwayne