By now I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the story of Mexico’s most wanted drug lord and his incredible escape from a maximum-security prison.
If not, here’s what we know: Last Sunday, an all-out manhunt was launched looking for Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. He was first captured in Guatemala back in 1993, extradited to Mexico and began serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking. He escaped from prison but was later found at a Mexican beach resort in February of 2014, and was arrested without incident.
He was brought to the Altipano prison fifty miles west of Mexico City, a maximum security prison where the Mexican Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, told the AP Guzman would spend the next 300-400 years for all his crimes. As for the possibility of an escape? Murillo Karam famously said the risk “does not exist.”
Witnesses say a couple in their 30s started building a barn-like building about a mile from the prison over a year ago. The people were friendly and even employed area workers and paid well. But they weren’t building any ordinary home or barn. Instead, it was the cover for an elaborate mile-long tunnel that was thirty feet underground and stretched all the way inside the maximum-security prison to the very cell where “El Chapo” was incarcerated. The most secure wing of the prison.
Video footage shows the 5-foot, 6-inch drug lord, pacing back and forth in his cell until he walks over to the shower area and disappears. Apparently, he crawled into a two by two foot hole, thirty feet down, where he got on a makeshift motorcycle that ran on tracks through a tunnel equipped with lighting and ventilation, all the way back to the bare-bones compound a mile away. Where he went from there no one knows, and authorities are concerned they may never find him again.
They may not. But he will be found … again. Everyone eventually is.
You have to hand it to the diminutive but dangerous drug lord and his associates. They pulled off one of the most elaborate prison escapes in human history. So impressive it will no doubt become a movie and most likely, someone will document every single fact in a bestseller.
But the truth remains, no one ever really escapes. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is officially on the run now and will be the rest of his life. But what kind of life is that? On the run? Fearing the next knock at the door, the next vehicle that pulls up, the next person he sees, the next phone call, etc., for the rest of his life? How could he possible get any rest? He can’t – when living on the run.
But he’s not alone. Millions of people are living their lives “on the run.” Running from some sin, some problem, some mistake, some secret, someone. But it doesn’t matter who you are, where you go, or who helps you. It’s always the same. Life on the run is no life at all; and running for the rest of your life is exhausting, depleting and completely debilitating.
Wanna get away from all that? There is a way … 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Running is not the answer. Confessing is. Crawling through tunnels, even if you have a homemade motorcycle, isn’t the answer.
Getting on your knees is.
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.