Have you ever seen those escape rooms? I really want to do one of those! They do not have them here, but maybe when we visit the States again we can try one. They are rooms filled with puzzles and gadgets that you and a team have to solve in order to unlock the door and get out of the room. That just sounds like so much fun!
Last year I hosted a July Fourth party at our house. I set up three mini escape rooms for three teams. They had to solve the puzzles in order to unlock a door. I had almost as much fun setting that up as I would have if I were a participant.
Here's the thing about escape rooms: you have to solve the puzzles before you can escape.
Psalm 55:6-8 "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest."
David had a huge problem. This problem sent him into emotional turmoil. He was struggling! He spoke of his heart being "sore pained", of terrors of death, fearfulness, and trembling. He just wanted to escape! He wanted the wings of a dove and he wanted to just fly out away from his problems.
We do the same thing. We often default to escape plans rather than dealing with our problems in a Godly and Biblical way. We use mechanisms to unplug and distract us from the issue at hand. Whether it be jumping on social media for hours, watching television, reading a book, shopping, getting together with friends... These can all be escape tools. They are escapes from reality. Some of these things may not be bad things themselves, but when we use them to avoid dealing with or thinking about our problems they become destructive behaviors. When these things are used to mask and to relieve painful emotions so that we do not have to deal with them, they are not healthy choices.
In order to escape the escape room, we must deal with the problems. We must face the problems and seek the Lord for help.
Psalm 55:1 "Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication."
The solution is to go to the Problem Solver and His precious Word.
Psalm 55:16-17 "As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice."