A beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud.

As a habit, I tend to take the same route on my morning runs. Still, I realize there are other streets I can take to change up my routine; on occasion, I do. Admittedly, it’s usually only when something impedes my path, and I’m forced to alter my route. It could also just be an uncomfortable feeling that redirects me.

This happened recently, and as I chose a new street and zigzagged through my neighborhood, exploring new choices, I Cor. 10:13 popped into my head. Paul writes of God’s faithfulness and that through even the worst temptation; God always provides a way of escape.

There was a time in my life I didn’t know I had a better choice. Satan doesn’t want us to know there is always another way. I was once given an ultimatum from the devil himself (through my abuser). My options looked bleak. I made the wrong choice, leading me down a dark road.

My old habits caught up to me. I was in mire up to my eyeballs and ready to sink before I saw the light and surrendered everything to God. God gave me a literal wake-up call. He is The Better Choice. He taught me how to find my voice and say no to the wrong things that kept me in the pit for so long. Therefore, I can relate to the water lily as it arises from the mire to transform into a work of art by the hand of God.

I want others to know there is always a better choice. A non-sinful choice that honors God and us through healthy decision-making. There is a new life waiting. God’s love is enough.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (I Cor. 10:13, ESV, emphasis mine).

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