It was Sunday morning. It had been a long while since I had been in church and I looked forward to the praise and worship session at the beginning of service. Prior to entering the bathroom, I checked the time. 10 minutes to 8!!! From history, I knew I would be late but if I hurried a bit, I could meet the praise and worship session I had missed. So I planned to hurry.
When it was time to brush my teeth, I realized that my toothbrush was no where to be found. I recalled that the previous night, my daughter and I had played with the toothbrush. Already pent up with the fact that I was going late, I did not have time to remember where I could have dropped it so looking for it was not in my agenda. Before me was my husband’s toothbrush. That begins my story…
“You can use his toothbrush, you are going late and you need to brush…” voice 1 said.
“You know if your husband finds out, he will not be pleased with you at all…” voice 2 said.
“He will never find out. Use it, wash it and keep it exactly where you picked it from. He will never guess…” voice 1 continued.
“Your husband trusts you. If he finds out, he will really be disappointed in you. You do not want to lose his trust…” voice 2 tried to persist.
“Your husband is very understanding. Even if he finds out, he will forgive you. Afterall, you can justify why you used it and you can get him a new one if he insisits…” voice 1 reminded me.
At this point, I was beginning to see reason why I could use his toothbrush. Then I thought. I was going to church. I teach in church and I teach children morals. I had told them often times that their character is who they are when no one is around. There I was trying to violate my teachings and principles. Again, using his toothbrush did not seem like a “big sin” but centred around it was disrespect, dishonesty, and it could even lead to lying and betrayal of trust. For me, that was some sort of trial/temptation. And I needed a way out.
I resolved to go and look for my toothbrush. But as I stepped out of the bathroom, on the table adjacent the bathroom door was a toothbrush I had used to travel recently. I must have dropped it on the table while unpacking. The moment I saw it, the words rang in my spirit, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” [1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT].
How awesome of God to find a way of escape. Somehow I felt reassured in my heart that should something bigger than such come my way, I can rely on God’s goodness and mercy because I know from experience how He provides a way out.
It could be any temptation or trial of any magnitude. But the word of God is true that “No temptation has you in its power but such as is common to human nature; and God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. But, when the temptation comes, He will also provide the way of escape; so that you may be able to bear it…” [1 Cor 10:13 Weymouth New Testament]. Yes there is a way of escape just around the corner.
[By the way, I went late to church and missed the worship session...but I was glad I did not have any guilt hanging over my shoulder while the good news was being preached].