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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: God's Plan From Point A
By Wendy Stewart-Hamilton
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Why I put my wet tongue on the cold metal I did not know. A fierce curiosity to test whether or not the warnings were true? Perhaps. Rebellion or my response to the dares of others? Most likely. Regardless of my choice, I was stuck. As tears rolled down my face as a child six years old, I realized that I was stuck.
There didn’t seem an easy escape and there wasn’t one. Escape involved hot water and a pull that left my taste buds smarting from my less than desirable palate.
Later in life as I struggled with divorce, I realize that there was not an easy escape here either. Divorce looked like failure. Single parenting to my two year old looked like despair. Staying married to an abusive spouse looked and felt like death.
Escape would be painful here as well. But there was more hope for me as an early 20’s woman than as a six years old child. I knew God’s grace would be sufficient. I knew in my weakness, God would give me the strength. He had a plan for this point in my life also.
As the strings of my heart were pulled apart, and decrees of a court scalded my life and the life of my child, I felt Grace.
I felt God.
“There, there.” God whispered to me, repeating my name in soothing rhythm. God’s words were the heartbeat that retied my life into the package He had originally designed.
As he gave me back the gift of myself, He offered me my escape. He offered me opportunity. “You can choose to have life and have it more abundantly in me”, he said.
Every word he spoke to the mind of me as a twenty-something created the foundation for the woman I am today.
In God I found escape. I found hope. I found peace. I found a place where the child in me and the child beside me could feel safe and at perfect rest.
Oh, my soul, what a friend you found,
When Angels, sweet Angels, gathered around,
And carried you to Jesus.
Oh, my child, from the depths of despair
God grasped your hand, His Love he shared
When you came to Jesus.
Oh, my God, my dearest friend,
I trust you, I love you, again and again
I am thrilled I came to Jesus.
I am not sure where you are at in your life. I am certain that there are things that you struggle with just as I struggle. We are told that in this world we will have tribulation. We are going to feel stuck with no way to escape. But God promises us, he revives us, he rescues us and tells us to be of good cheer, He has overcome the world.
I am not certain why I was stuck to that cold pole one winter’s day as a six year old, but I know why God gave me a way to escape.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NIV
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