TUESDAY, APRIL 30
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.”
Acts 16:25-26 (ESV)
THE RESCUE TEAM: LOOK AROUND
On June 11, 1962, Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris tucked paper-Mache heads resembling their own likenesses into their beds, broke out of the main prison building via an unused utility corridor and departed Alcatraz Island aboard an improvised inflatable raft to an uncertain fate, never to be found.
During the 29 years that Alcatraz served as a federal penitentiary, there were 14 escape attempts that would involve 36 inmates. Twenty- three were recaptured, six were shot and killed, two drowned, and five (including Morris and the Anglin brothers) are listed as missing and presumed drowned.
Leon “Whitey” Thompson, former inmate in Alcatraz, speaking concerning Alcatraz said, “It’s a beautiful view. You have the Golden Gate Bridge, the fresh air, you could see all the ships coming in and out of port. There was never a day that you didn’t see all that you were missing in life. It was all there, everything I wanted in my life was right in front of me – yet it was a mile away and I couldn’t get to it” (David Ray)
People all around us are locked in a spiritual prison and so close to freedom. And God has us sitting right beside them. In Acts 16 all of them were in a physical prison but Paul and Silas were spiritually free. Pastor Mike reminded us on Sunday that God often puts light in dark places. There should be less darkness in our schools, neighborhoods, homes and workplaces because we are there.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Look around you and ask God where and to whom He wants you to be a light to today?