No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. -
I Corinth. 10:13
This was the first thing I read this morning, and the words "he will also provide a way out" resonated. It seems to me that we can take this literally. That is, we occasionally are faced with a situation that we simply have to get out of or leave behind - seek our way out.
For instance, Tallest Son is dealing with a relationship that is no longer what it once was. As much as he'd like to preserve it, he is also becoming aware that the decisions the other person is making are....well, bad - bad for that person and bad for others. He's come to the conclusion that he just can't stick around - he has to get out of this relationship. I'm quite proud of the way he's working this out, and wonder why more adults can't do the same.
God IS faithful, and He always provides a way out of trials. Usually, though, the exit door is located somewhere we don't want to go: "It's too far", "I don't want to do that", and "I don't like here, but I don't know what's there, so I'll just stay put." Instead of seeing God's gift for what it is - a way out - we view it as another trial.
If, as the Bard said, all the world's a stage, sometimes the best thing we can do is exit, stage right.