A Health and Safety memo to BBC staff seemed to state the obvious. Entitled ‘Revolving Security Door User Instructions’, it began “Follow these simple steps each time you use the doors: to enter the secure space move directly into the revolving door compartment”. The memo followed an incident at the BBC’s offices in Birmingham in which a worker cracked a toenail when her foot got trapped.
What the memo said about how to move out of revolving doors is not reported. In life though, where we have got ourselves into situations which just seem to go round and round, it’s getting out that’s the real challenge. Whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or simply in the routine of our days, we can sometimes feel trapped. We may see a life beyond what restrains us, and yet be unable to take that step out towards it.
Someone to help us through the door can be a great help. Jesus frequently helped people break out of a cycle of unhappiness – a man waiting 38 years for healing at the pool of Bethsaida, a former soldier rampaging frantically round a graveyard, a tax collector uncomfortable in his role. Faith can inspire us to look for ways out of stifling repetitiveness and to find the courage to make the required moves.
Jesus is a great support when we’re trying to escape from what stops us moving on. The help and advice of friends and family can also be enormously valuable. Each situation has its own difficulties and no memo with simple answers comes down from on high. But sometimes taking the risk of stepping out is preferable to continually going round in circles.
Read: The Lord said to Moses, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north” (Deuteronomy 2.1)
Rejoice: in times when being bold has paid dividends.
Reflect: Are there any areas of my life where I feel I’m trapped?
Remember: When I’m going round in circles, God goes round with me.
Resolve: to be alert for ways God might want me to be or do something different.