Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, January 30, 2021

Immediately after every meal, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a good stiff mile-long walk in our neighborhood. I always take the same route, and a week a half ago as I was striding along, I saw that one of my usual segments seemed to be blocked off. Beyond that truck is a cul-de-sac, and I normally walk down there and turn around and then continue up to the street to the left.

On the side of the truck it says “Hydromax: CCTV Advanced Pipeline Inspection, a Service Partner of Puget Sound Energy.” I don’t know what kind of pipeline they were inspecting, but it seemed that the crisis must have been so acute that all the neighbors inside the cul-de-sac would be trapped for awhile.

So, I mentally cancelled that leg of my walk, and kept on going. But as I passed the truck I discovered that it had left a way of escape after all. If you glance back at the first photo, you’ll see that those orange cones beyond the truck box’s rear corner seem to be crowded right up against the far curb. But here’s what I saw when I walked past.

It’s amazing . . . seen from one perspective, any escape seemed impossible, but there was really a lot of room all the time.

“A way of escape” is a Bible promise to counter powerful and almost overwhelming temptation. Take a moment to read through a very thorough Bible study on this topic, where you’ll see the “escape” promise.