Published March 19, 2013
"Where You Don't Want To Be"
An evening with the Booth Brothers is always worth the ticket price. Their harmonies are wonderful and their chosen songs are powerful. Michael provides enough humor to be entertaining and enough "Biblical meat" to challenge your level of satisfaction with your walk with the Lord.
When it is only one group singing at a concert (instead of several groups), they can sing longer than usual. When we saw them recently in concert, Michael reminded the crowd that they could sing longer, and everyone cheered. After one such cheering, Michael started to laugh. He explained that in a crowd this size there would be someone in the audience who is there and doesn't want to be. The person was probably talked into coming with someone else. To make it worse, in all likelihood, they were seated in the middle of a big section where they couldn't just slip out. They were wanting this "ordeal" to be over and all Michael would talk about is how long they'd be singing.
Along with the humorous picture he painted in my mind, he also started me thinking.
Have you ever been somewhere that you didn't want to be? I have.
I remember visiting my parents. I was in the back seat of their car. We had been to lunch and were on the way back to their house. My dad commented about the car being dirty and next thing I knew we were headed into a car wash. I remember saying, "Are we washing it now?" Then I grew silent. When my mom turned around to look at me, she got an alarmed look on her faced and asked if I was alright. I had lost most of my color. I told her I would make it and inwardly I was praying it would be true. I am claustrophobic and to see the brushes and water surrounding me was not a good place to be.
Have you ever been where you knew you shouldn't be? I have.
It was over 30 years ago, a guy invited me to see a movie with him and I agreed. The movie was, I thought, one I had seen. The title was the same. However, when we got into the theater and the show started, I was embarrassed by what I saw. I thought it was a trailer for an upcoming show, but quickly realized it was our feature. Although the title was the same, this was not the movie that I had seen previously. It took me very little time to tell him that I couldn't watch this and then to walk out of the theater. It was certainly not a good place to be.
Unfortunately, each day I get junk mail mixed with my valid emails. I need to sort out the keepers. For some reason, one Monday morning was especially bad. I was sorting through over 200 emails and most were junk. I was taken by surprise when I glanced at one email and immediately saw naked people. It took me about a second to delete and get physically and mentally out of a place I did not want to be.
Sometimes we cannot avoid being where we shouldn't be whether it is physically or mentally. However, do we leave immediately? Are we grounded in the Word? Are we walking with Jesus so closely that we can sense when we are in danger? Do we have such close fellowship with the Lord that we can make that split-second decision and avoid a temptation?
With the car wash, I could not leave the car. However, I could pray and mentally talk myself through steady breathing. With the movie, I could and did leave immediately. It was a very short debate with my pride and embarrassment but they seriously didn't stand a chance against my values. With the emails, it took a second to hit that delete button.
Be sure you have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ and a growing relationship. You will be in a place you don't want to be at some time, perhaps even today. Know where you stand so you can make that split-second decision and get away from temptation. There is a way of escape, so use it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 assures us, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."
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