Story of the day: He is your Exit
My husband has preached on this and I thought I would share it with you all in a condensed version:
During the 911 incident, after Tower 1 was hit, there were 2 guys that had started out on the 84th floor and were searching for a way out of the building. Heading downstairs, the two men hit a dead-end zone at the 72nd floor. The stairs had been completely wiped out. Both men searched and found a door to another stairwell, but it was locked. Because there were fires all over the 72nd floor, the gentlemen decided to find another staircase to make their way down. But this staircase just like the last was jam-packed with panicking people and the progression to get out and was slow.
When the two men finally reached the 5th floor, there was a sense of relief that they were close to exiting. Then all of a sudden a loud boom and explosion, shook Tower #1. People started falling as smoke started to rise. Emergency lights flickered and went out, and you could hear the steel beams bucking. Rescuers below shouted…”go back upstairs.”
At that moment, when things got really tough, 1 of the men said “let’s stay here.” Though the one man had stayed the other panicked and decided to go down an empty, but clear hallway, which appeared to be the safe way out.
At the same moment that the man who panicked and left thinking that his way was the right way, didn’t hear a voice that called out from the distance to “follow me.” It just so happened to be a fireman who came up the stairs. While the first man went down what seemed to be a clear, empty, and safe hallway, the other followed the firefighter, leading him through smoke & darkness, which in the end led to safety.
You see, when things got really tough and extremely dark where visibility was next to zero, the two men were challenged with a choice. The first choice was to try and make his own way out down a clear hall, which seemed to be safe from harm, but it wasn’t. The other gentleman chose to follow the firefighter through hot fire and dark smoke, and trusted the firefighter to protect him and lead him to safety,which ultimately was the way that led him out of the building.
The question is, do you have faith to trust the One with the exit strategy, the one who protects you and knows what your needs are during your tribulations regardless of how it may look?
Quote of the day: Jeff Povolish
“Just because a way out appears harmless, it may not always be the way out. Will you trust Him to guide you to safety?”
Bible verse of the day: Matthew 8:22 a (NKJV)
“But Jesus said to him, “Follow me”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for showing me no matter what tribulations may come my way, that You are my exit strategy. Father, my prayer is for those that may be experiencing marital problems, financial problems, health issues, or job issues, that they too may rely on Your way to lead them to safety, no matter how scary the “exit” may look. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,