Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

Totally Optional

I was driving to my neighborhood pharmacy after work the other day. The store is located on a corner of two high-traffic streets that intersect. As I was nearing the pharmacy, I became aware of the oncoming traffic merging from two lanes into one, due to construction. The line-up of non-moving cars concerned me because I would eventually need to get into that stagnant line of cars. What makes it worse is that it would be a left-hand turn to get there and I wondered who would let me in front of them during rush hour? How long would it take me to get home even though this is the shortest route?

As I conducted my pharmaceutical transaction at the drive-through window, I realized that I can take the optional drive out of the parking lot. I can take the other high-traffic road which would be easier since it is a right-hand turn located just past a stop light. There are no delays or merges going on; the cars are moving at a good pace. Going this route takes a little longer, but I am guaranteed entry without a stagnant line of cars in my way.

I had a dilemma, but found a way out. I felt relieved.

When we are faced with a difficult dilemma in life, especially the kind that opens up an option to sin, we need to remember 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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