DayBreaks for 4/16/14 – Living in a Maze
This past October, my wife and two of our kids and their families met at the Osso farm between Tracy and Manteca, California, for their October festivities. One of the highlights of the place is a huge corn field maze. There are numerous entrances to the maze but the entire maze is so large that it truly is daunting. At several locations there are elevated platforms so you can climb up the steps and see approximately where you are so you know which direction you need to follow to get out.
Personally, I’m blessed with a pretty good sense of direction and I don’t panic because I can almost always tell which direction to go in order to get out of a maze.
Most everyone has worked one of those picture mazes where you follow the right path to find your way out. As you move your pencil through the maze you keep running into dead ends until you find the one path that sets you free.
Life is a lot like living in a maze. We continue to take wrong turns which lead nowhere and often retrace our steps until we can find our way. It can be very frustrating. Sometimes we never do find our way out. Those are the times we are stuck and feel like a prisoner with no escape. And if the truth is honestly faced, there are times when there truly is nothing we can do to escape. We cannot escape the fact that we will die. No matter how hard we exercise, how many vitamins we swallow, how cleanly we live – we will die. Period. That is the one, incontrovertible fact of existence for all human beings. If you ever lived, you will certainly die. And that is a maze from which we cannot find our own way out.
Today I want to help set you free. I believe that no matter how difficult the maze you live in may seem, there is always a way out. Not even death can stand in the way of your life’s journey. That is the message of Easter, the truth that boggles the mind, but which this week proclaims.
John 11:25-26 (NLT) – Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
PRAYER: Jesus, if not for your work this week, we would all be lost forever in death’s maze! Praise and glory to You for this great deliverance! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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