What Are Your Options?

Consider the situation you are currently in for a moment; what are your options to get out of it? Understand that no matter what life throws at you per time, you will never be left without options to get out. Most times, the reason people remain in unpleasant situations is not because there are no options to get out or they don’t know what the options are but, because they are afraid to take the options available to them. They ask themselves the question, “what if it doesn’t work?” But what if it does work? Life is a risk, living is a risk, and every person alive at this moment is at the risk of dying someday. Motivational speaker, Les Brown said, “You are not going to get out of life, alive.” That is so true; the only way out of life is death. Therefore, no matter what you do or do not do, your fear of death will one day come on you. This is not meant to scare you but to make you see the futility in remaining in that situation when you know what options are available for your escape. Yes, you are afraid, but do it in spite of the fear. I have said before that if you dare to jump you will discover you have been equipped with wings to fly. I have discovered this to be true in my life.
A Bible story clearly illustrates the point I am trying to make here, so I will share it. The story is about four lepers who sat at the gate of Samaria waiting to die from hunger. These men were starving as there was a famine in the land of Samaria. I am not sure for how long they had been in that condition and did nothing about it, but suddenly they came to themselves and said one to another, “Why sit we here until we die? If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” You notice these men considered their situation and the options available to them very carefully and reached a decision, which was to go into the enemy’s camp. This decision no doubt created some fear in them, but they realised that the death they were afraid to meet by taking a step forward, would come to meet them if they remained where they were or returned to the city, as there was famine in the city. Interestingly, it was also the only decision that had two sides to it; the enemy could decide not to kill them which meant they would have food to eat and live as there was food in the enemy’s camp. Remaining where they were or going into the city, had only one side to it; that is to wait for death by hunger. They got up and moved in spite of their fear and something very strange happened. As they moved towards the Syrian camp, God caused the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots and they abandoned their tents and fled. These lepers discovered on arrival at the camp that what they feared had fled and what they desired (food) was available in abundance. They also had things they did not bargain for, gold and silver and raiment. It came because they were willing to take a risk and get out of their ugly situation in spite of fear.
If you will get up and follow your heart, in spite of your fears, you will discover, upon arrival at your destination, that what you fear has fled. God still causes the enemy’s camp to hear a noise of chariots.
Eturuvie Erebor.

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