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A Way Out

By Jaime Ramirez l Student Ministry Pastor

“He leads me besides still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”- Psalm 23:2-3

According to the Chicago Tribune, in the early 1980s a man named Ed Greer disappeared.  Greer had the kind of life most people aspire to; a good white-collar job with Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, California, a wife and children. Nevertheless, he was miserable. He hated his work and he was feeling pressure from his wife and father. At one point he told a coworker, “Never become too good at something you hate. They’ll make you do it the rest of your life.” Greer wasn’t willing to do that, and on September 10, 1981, he disappeared. Without telling anyone his plans, he got on a plane and flew to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There he lived on the beaches and fixed boat engines. After a while, he assumed someone else’s name and moved to Houston, Texas, getting a regular job with a small oil exploration firm. Meanwhile, his wife divorced him in absentia.

In an odd twist, Greer became somewhat of a fantasy hero to some Yuppies who felt trapped in corporate America. Some said they wished they had the guts to do what he did. His former coworkers at Hughes Aircraft even began holding annual celebrations in his memory, with many wearing Ed Greer masks. Finally, in October of 1988, seven years after Greer abandoned his family and career, the FBI caught up to him. In an interview, forty-year-old Greer tried to explain his actions “I felt trapped. I didn’t like my life.” Many people can identify with him, many feel trapped, under too much pressure, in circumstances they just don’t like. Many wonder how they can escape and if there is there a way out.

Maybe you’ve been dealing with a situation far too long. You’ve tried to deal with it on your own, and what was a small thing has now become a giant in your life and you feel trapped. You are at a point in your life that you must trust God and the process that He is taking you through. You must go to Him and give Him your burdens and in return He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). If you allow it, God can be your way out.


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