“The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.” – Henry Ward Beecher
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” And they began to celebrate. – Luke 15:20-24
Arterial: “of, relating to, or constituting through traffic.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Steve is looking around the room he was just led into. It’s nice and all, but he’s looking for one thing. An exit. He’s never been here before and now he know’s how to get in, but right now he’s trying to plan an escape route. But it’s not for what you might think. Sometimes escape routes are necessary and proper.
“So can I leave through that door?”
He asks the wedding coordinator.
What ever happens to the ministers after a wedding? You hardly see them once the nuptials are over. Once their role is complete, they simply slip away. And so that’s what Steve was planning too.
“Ok, I’m gonna go and get my things then.”
Steve quietly passed through the approved exit, walking towards his car where he planned to wait until he would be needed.
The sound of an old time siren winding up filled the car. It was 1932 again and there was a fire. A bright red fire truck was on its way. Then he woke up. It was simply the alarm on his phone going off. That was Steve’s cue that he would be needed soon. He retraced his steps back from his car, made his way to the door. It was locked. There wasn’t even a handle to pull. It was an exit only. In his grogginess from having just woken he racked his brain on how to enter. He couldn’t go through the front, everybody would notice him. There was a special way to enter for the officiating party. Now he was wishing he had paid more attention earlier.
“This could get embarrassing.”
He thought to himself.
How many times do we plan our escapes and forget about the entrance. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12 It’s easy to look for our own way. Sure, we want to know the way in. However, we always look for a way out as well. Just in case something goes wrong and we need to escape. That’s not a bad thing. Every building needs to post evacuation routes. However, there is a place we need to stay. A place where we are eternally safe. Do we know how to get in? Do we know how to be with God? It’s easy to find an exit. They’re all around us. All of those exits are one way. An addiction may lead us away from God, getting us back, that’s another story. Repentance, it simply means to turn around. When we repent we are turning from the paths that lead away from the Lord and drawing closer to Him.
“Hey Christina, I’m in the parking lot, how do I get in again?”
It was Steve on the phone.
“No problem, I’m heading out your way anyway, I’ll take you back.”
Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6 There are a lot of one way exits, but there are no permanent ones with God. There’s always a way back to Him. Ultimately He sent Jesus as The Way. And He’s never more than a call away. He is the ultimate arterial route to God.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,