Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Know your exits
It is hard to imagine wanting to voluntarily leave
such a place of beauty and warmth.
But those who have been around
know what savage tropical weather can do
and what to do about it:
hurricane shutters over windows,
emergency water and provisions,
and knowing not just when to evacuate
And at some point,
everyone faces the storms of life.
When trouble is bearing down,
there is no time to carefully evaluate.
Emergency plans are just knowing
ahead of time
how to handle a volatile situation.
and escalates itself.
Fear just trips you up.
Wherever God leads you,
be aware of the exits,
not in a quitting kind of way,
but when the sweet-smelling breezes of temptation
lull you into staying in a place dangerous for you.
May your heart be trained
to differentiate what strengthens
and what destroys,
when to stand firm
and when to FLEE!
...for those who have their faculties
trained by practice
to distinguish good from evil.
Be aware of your surroundings
but even more,
Sometimes God calls us
to walk through an impossible Red Sea,
sometimes to stand in the breach
where others dare not go,
sometimes to go forth and fear not,
God says, "Run for your life!"
Teach your children,
rehearse the scenes,
practice the words,
that they would know
both the courage to intervene,
and the freedom
when to turn and walk away,
not if trouble comes,
Know the evacuation routes,
know your exits,
aware as the flight attendant says,
"the nearest one may be behind you."
It may save your life,
but even more so
God may be intending for you
to lead others to it.
When life gets dicey,
unpredictable and potentially dangerous,
the Holy Spirit always provides
a way through it.
And Satan always tries to make you think
all the doors are locked.
No temptation has overtaken you
that is not common to man.
God is faithful,
and He will not let you be tempted
beyond your strength,
but with the temptation
will also provide the way of escape,
that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10. 13