I’ve been trying to write this blog all morning but I keep falling asleep! There is good reason for my sleep deprivation—Robbie. I sleep next to him at night in case he has seizures. The other night I woke up to him waving my hand in the air. “No, no, Robbie! Go to sleep!” I murmured. I glanced at the clock as I tried to reclaim my arm. It was 3:30 AM. The next thing I knew he had both hands and was clapping them together. Go to sleep, Robbie! At least let Mommy sleep!
The next night I woke up just in time to see him slide off the bed head first, going after a pillow he had dropped on the floor. I groaned as I got out of bed to check on him. His feet were still on the bed but his head was up against the couch a few feet away. He was clutching his pillow triumphantly and grinning at me. “Oh, Robbie!” I sighed. “Now I have to get you back on the bed!” I looked at the clock. Five o’clock in the morning. Bob would be up in half an hour. Suddenly I drew the line. “No!” I scolded Robbie. “You’re going to wait for Daddy now! You’re fine; you can’t get hurt and Daddy can move you a lot easier than I can!” Feeling like a mean mom, but without a single guilty feeling, I went back to bed, leaving my handicapped child to play on the floor with his pillow.
The next time I opened my eyes, there was Robbie, scooting across the floor on his bottom lickety-split right past the foot of the bed with his pillow in his lap! Robbie hadn’t moved like that in years! He was through the living room, half-way through the dining room and headed for the kitchen by the time I overcame my shock, jumped out of bed and went after him. I grabbed the phone and called Bob on the intercom. “Come see what your son has done now!” I said.
The look of determination on Robbie’s face was priceless. In his mind he was “blowing this pop stand”—making the great escape! When Daddy suddenly appeared, blocking his path, his getaway was nipped in the bud, but that was okay—his best buddy was there to play with him!
I’ve written in these last few months of small triumphs Robbie has achieved since beginning a new anti-seizure drug. Each one brings such joy to not only our little champion, but to Bob and me, as well. For years we have watched his physical strength deteriorate and his world shrink around him. Now there is hope that he will regain some of what he had lost.
When I think of a “Great Escape” in the Bible, my mind automatically comes to the escape from Egypt by the Hebrew slaves. For 400 years they had been in bondage to the Egyptians, building their pyramids under the blazing desert sun. God raised up a leader for them—Moses—and unlocked their chains through His miraculous assault of plagues upon the Egyptians. He provided an escape route, clearly marked with a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. He overcame one obstacle after another for them. The Red Sea blocking their path. The lack of food in the wilderness. The lack of water. He provided protection from enemies. (Read Exodus 3- 17 for the full story.) Despite all that God did for them in their Great Escape, the Israelites murmured and complained and eventually rebelled against the Lord. Because of their sin, a whole generation wandered in the wilderness until they died off and a new generation finally entered the Promised Land.
I Corinthians 10:1-11 reminds us to avoid the mistakes of the Israelites. “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea…And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters…Neither let us commit fornication…Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents…Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured…Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
They were examples to us of what NOT to do. God will lead, provide, protect, overcome and do miracles for us—and all He wants from us is our obedience and our worship. Actually, obedience is a very important part of worship. I Samuel 15:22 says, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive the Great Escape from Hell. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Throughout our life here on earth He provides Escape from the temptations we face on a daily basis. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (I Corinthians 10:13) We can be free from the bondage of sin now and for all eternity.