Monday, November 26, 2018

Let Me Out!

By Andrea Merrell

 No temptation has overtaken you
except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, 
who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

Our trip to Canada was a great experience. Quaint little towns, a lovely vineyard and winery on the top of a hill, and beautiful, rolling countryside.

Getting into Canada was a breeze. Getting out was a different story. The officer at the gate took his job very seriously. He asked if we purchased anything. I told him we ate lunch. (I’m surprised he didn’t ask for proof.) He asked our purpose for being there. My husband told him we were vacationing in Maine in our motor home. All the while, his eyes traveled everywhere. The outside of the vehicle. The inside. Us. He even checked the front of our Jeep to be sure we were telling the truth about towing it behind the RV.

After a few minutes of interrogation, I felt like a bug under a microscope. I wanted to shout, “just let me out of here!”

The scenario reminds me of how easily we find ourselves falling into sticky situations that can lead to a lifetime of sin and bondage. It’s so easy to get in. Getting out, not so much.

The getting out begins with acknowledging our need, making a decision to change, then calling out to the One who can deliver us in an instant. No questions. No interrogation to be sure we’re telling the truth. And no condemnation to make us feel like a criminal. Only love, mercy, and a whole lot of grace.

If you find yourself caught in a bad situation and can’t break free, call on the Lord and say, “Let me out.” He will faithfully make a way of escape.

(Photo courtesy of author, and Stuart Miles.)


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