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Can You See a Way Out?

Panic can grip the heart of any person that realizes he or she is trapped and cannot find a way to get out of a bad situation. Crowds that cut us off from clear exits and leave us at the mercy of the direction of the “masses” causes a feeling of helplessness.  One that is trapped in their car that has left the highway following a car accident at night begins to have great fear that no one saw them leave the highway.  They reach for their cell phone only to discover that their cell phone is dead.

There is a greater sense of frustration and fear.  That comes when we are in a situation at work, in our family, or in our community that is beyond our control to fix.  The need is great.  The consequences are potentially devastating.  The frustration comes when we are not in position to correct the cause or the resulting problem.  At that moment in time, it seems that we are watching a wreck occur in slow motion.  We cannot escape.  And, the dread of what is coming is overwhelming.  Fear is at peaking and our stress level is in the red zone!

In moments like these stated above and a myriad number of other similar “life events”, faith is not some “academic” credit that we have attained.  Rather, it is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal.  The exercise of deep trust in the wisdom, power, and presence of God is truly our hope.  Our vision is limited while His is limitless.  We can see the situation… God sees our salvation.  We understand the potential for failure.  God wants to teach us of the prevailing power of faith in Him.  If our gaze is horizontal, then our fears are gigantic.  If our focus is vertical, then we can “cast our cares on Him for He cares for us”.

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumble bee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumble bee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up.  (Copied).

Psalms 34:17 – [The righteous] cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.  Psalms 107:6 – Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses.  Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shalt glorify me.  2 Samuel 22:2 – And he said, The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my delivererPsalms 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.