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NO ESCAPE

By Barry Cameron
July 20, 2018

Escape rooms are a relatively recent phenomenon. They first began to gain popularity in the United States and Europe in the 2010s. One such room is described as the #1 Escape Game Experience in the DFW area. It’s called Escape The Room and has locations in both Dallas and Ft. Worth with multiple rooms to choose from — 3 Mile Island, The Theater, Clock Tower, The Submarine, Jurassic Escape and Western Bank Heist.

The idea is you are placed in a themed room, along with other people who have paid to be there, and have to solve various puzzles and riddles that go along with the theme in order to find your way out and you have 60 minutes to escape.

Most people understand you’re supposed to break out of an escape room, not into one. But that’s not what happened in Vancouver, Washington, recently. According to authorities, a man broke into an “escape room” early Sunday morning, July 8, and damaged the room to the point where he couldn’t escape. Apparently, in the dark he pushed over a set of lockers that blocked the door. He took a prop beer used in one of the escape rooms along with a tv remote and a non-working cell phone, sat down to eat a burrito he allegedly brought with him and then began to realize he couldn’t get out.

Getting in is never a problem … for any of us. It’s getting out.

What do you do when you break into an escape room and you can’t, well, escape? He called 911.

He eventually escaped through a back door, but ran into police officers who were waiting for him. He faces a second-degree burglary charge and bail was set at $40,000.

The Bible warns, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Breaking into an escape room might have seemed like a great idea at the time to the would-be burglar — get in, get out, get some free stuff. Problem was, he got caught.

“Some people create their own storms, then get upset when it rains.”

Check out these words of wisdom from Solomon:

Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 14:15, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives though to his steps.”

Proverbs 14:16, “One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.”

Proverbs 18:6-7, “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.”

Proverbs 22:3, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

One of the best ones is Proverbs 19:3, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” In other words, we get ourselves in a mess and then we blame God for it.

Here’s the bottom line: Like the bumbling burglar from Vancouver, getting in is never a problem … for any of us. It’s getting out.

But sometimes … there’s no escape.

© 2018. Barry L. Cameron

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. 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.

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