What's Your Exit Strategy?
TEXT: Proverbs 19:21, "There Are Many Devices In A Man's Heart; Nevertheless The Counsel Of The Lord, That Shall Stand."
ILLUS: One Of My All-Time-Favorite Movies Is The Great Escape, Starring Steve Mcqueen. The Great Escape Is A True Story Of Captured Allied Pilots During The II World War. The Airmen Are Placed In A German POW Camp, Where They Soon Devise A Plan To Escape.
The Plan For The Escape Is A Long And Strenuous Process. The Officer In Charge Of The Escape Calls A Meeting With Many Of The Other Prisoners To Plot The Escape. They Decide That Three Tunnels, Code Named 'Tom, Dick And Harry', Will Be Built Simultaneously. One Tunnel Is To Begin Under A Drain In The Showers, Another Under A Stove In A Barrack, And The Last One Is Built Under The Floorboards Of Another Barrack.
When Escape Time Finally Comes, 200 Prisoners Gather In The Barrack To Escape Through The Tunnel. Unfortunately, The Tunnel Turns Out To Be About 20 Feet Short Of The Covering Of The Woods. They Have To 'Pop Out' Of The Exit Just As The Sentry Has His Back Turned. As The Escape Progresses, There Is An Air Raid That Helps, Since The Germans Have To Black Out The Camp. During This Time, Several More Men Move Rapidly Out Of The Tunnel. As One Of The Men Gets Out Of The Tunnel, He Drops A Briefcase Causing The Officer On The Other Side Of The Wire To See The Men Escaping. Fortunately, Many Of The Men Were Still Able To Escape. The Reason They Were Able To Escape Is That They Had An "Exit Strategy." They Devised An Amazing Plan That Secured Their Release. They Were Not About To Sit Idly By, Hoping That Things Would Just Turn Out For The Best.
Do You Know, In A Very Similar Way, I Believe God Expects Us To Have Certain Exit Strategies? Thank The Lord, We May Not Ever Have To Endure The Experiences Of A POW Camp, But There Are Things Relative To Us—In Our Lives That Can Hold Us Captive—Life, Death, Difficulty, ...
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