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  • Writer's pictureHeather Roberts

Trapped in a corner

Trapped in a Corner

        At first, I stood in a dark corner it felt so tight, hopeless—no escape. 

        Just then a corridor opened up down a long tunnel, consumed in blackness. I could not see the end. I knew it led deep into the earth.

        On the tunnel floor was a moving walkway once on it the close corridor, made of mountain rock, did not allow for an escape. 

        An overwhelming feeling of hopelessness flooded me. Trapped.

       Confused, I cried out. “Help me choose correctly do you want me in a corner or on a moving walkway that leads deep into a mountain?”

       “Neither. If you’re in a corner, turn around. It’s an illusion to believe there are no alternatives. When you’re in a corner, the blessing is you have identified you need help because you’re stuck. 

Always look for the blessing. 

        When you’re on the moving walkway, it’s worse because you may continue down the path believing you’re getting somewhere, doing something, when you aren’t. 

       The blessing here is you can still say no and step off. Turn around.”

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8

       “I will never leave you this includes the times you lean on your own understanding. I will guide you to remember not to forsake me or turn from my wisdom.”

As I stepped off the walkway, I saw an open corridor. It lead to a short, dangerous path out on a cliff. In the sunshine, I saw almost infinite possibilities; a trail to the ocean, a trail down the mountain, to a beautiful meadow. The possibilities were thrilling.

        “There is danger in every situation. In every path, no matter how beautiful or freeing it feels. The danger is believing that you should determine your own path. The danger is believing that you can use your finite mind and determine the best course of action instead of consulting me. There’s as much danger in the bright meadow as the trapped corner. The difference is at least in the trapped corner you’re aware of it.” 

Prayer for you and me: Lord Jesus, search our hearts, make us aware of unhealthy mindsets, or presumptions so that we might reject them. We praise You that You are here in all things, that You choose to be with us, even in our mistakes. Thank You, for Your faithfulness, it reaches to the heavens. Help us choose the right path, Your path, for our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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