The Maze

Have you ever found yourself in a maze, a confusing, intricate network of winding pathways, with no way out?

Samson, in a sense, experienced a biblical maze. Blinded, chained, and made to grind grain after his capture, he saw no way out of his blind maze but to pray to God to let him avenge the Philistines for his eyes. The Lord empowered him once more. He pulled down the temple pillars and killed himself along with thousands of Philistines. He found a way out of his dark maze.

One time I was lost in a hay maze. A school friend invited me to sleep over. When we got to his house, a neighbor friend joined us and we decided to build a hay maze in the large barn loft that was piled high with hay bales. We climbed to the loft and jumped right in. They started building in one direction and told me to build toward the other. When the maze was finished, we crawled in. They went to the left and pointed for me to go to the right.

Every tunnel I crawled through was a dead end. After many attempts to find an exit I knew I was utterly lost. I had never been so scared in my life. I was crying and panicking. My only way out was to push the bales away. I prayed for God to strengthen me. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help” (Psalm 18:6b). I heaved, grunted, pushed up with my back and hands. When I tumbled down 3 or 4 bales and hit the loft floor, there were my co-builders sitting on a bale, laughing “What took you so long?” they asked. They told me it wasn’t meant to be malicious, but rather just a prank. I learned that day that I could depend on God in tough times.

When we find ourselves in a situation, like a maze, and can’t see a way out, God promises us, “He will call upon me , and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him” (Psalm 91:15). And when we take Him at His word, He rescues us.

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