"Speak a revelation to my heart Lord, What do you want to show me?"These were the words I quietly uttered to the Lord as I walked into the bottom level of the Arc Encounter in Kentucky. Here I was, hand in hand with my husband, lost in awe. Then, almost as quickly as I had asked the question the Lord had an answer.
"I always provide a way of escape for my people"
Wow. Well, there you have it. I could have just shouted myself back to the shuttle bus and went home. Instead I continued to walk aboard this massive ship. As I read the facts, and saw firsthand how everything mentioned in Genesis was totally feasible the words that the Lord spoke to my heart rang in my spirit. I wasn't just walking on a giant ship, I was walking inside a physical representation of Gods promise, His protection, His mercy and His compassion. The bible tells us that at the time of the global flood mans mind was on evil continually. But God still had a remnant - Noah & his family. He provided a way of escape for his people.
The drug epidemic that is sweeping this nation brings me to tears. It hit home a couple weeks ago as we laid a fellow classmate to rest at the hands of this horrible reality. Yet as I read research articles on drug abuse and I study the effects of these various substances on the human body I can come to one common thread - they provide a way of escape. However the harsh reality of this escape route is that it is short lived. Problems and pain seem to vanish as the high wears off, or as the hangover sets in, and then it is back to reality. Many people have heard my testimony so I wont bore you with it now, but I will say that at a time I too searched the wrong alleyway for escape. And laced within the temporary effects of substance abuse was guilt, shame, sadness, addiction, and many more ugly companions. However, one day I gave it all to Jesus.
Maybe you know about this man named Jesus. Maybe you have heard about how God hung the stars.. but do you know Jesus as your redeemer and healer? I can assure you that if you let Jesus into the brokenness, you wont need to search for Man's way of Escape. You will have a new passion for freedom that will not wear off when the substance wears off, Because Gods glory and his freedom will never run dry. He has always provided a way of escape for his people (consider Moses and the basket... also called an "Arc", Noah and the flood, Abraham...I mean the list goes on and on..) take it to Jesus and leave it there. His freedom is never ending.
Don't get it twisted, I am not promising a bed of roses after you give Jesus your hurt. But I am promising you a lifetime companion who hears and understands your every thought and prayer. Someone who doesn't run from you because "you are weird", but someone who embraces you in your diversity and promises that as you take steps towards him, he will meet you in the middle. I am leading you to a man who knows you better than you know yourself, someone who will lead you through each moment if you accept his sacrifice for our sin-stained life. I have heard it said for years, and I will echo it again - One day with Jesus is better than a hundred years without Him. There is no replacement for the peace of God. In fact, the word tells us that it passes all understanding. So when everything is caving in and hell is breaking loose around you....as you rest in Him you are unshaken. Because you know who holds your hand today, your strength tomorrow and your peace for every moment in-between.
Lord, Help us to Take your way of escape. Give us the strength to look to you in every adversity, and in every situation. Draw us so close to you that we have no option but to lay our troubles at your feet and pickup forgiveness, grace and freedom instead. Thank you that you always provide us a way of escape when we keep our eyes steadfast on you. Shake off all our shackles. -Amen