A few months ago Rich (Nikki's pastor) awoke to a tap, tap, tap, and some clawing on his bedroom window. He opened the blinds to find a bird trapped between to panes of glass.
Unfortunately, the exterior pane cannot be opened from the outside. Instead, he hoped the bird would be patient and stay away from his hands as he opened each pane individually.
You see where this is going?
He opened the interior pane and, sure enough, the bird flew in. He spent the next half hour trying to get this bird out of the parsonage.
We are that bird. Some how we've trapped ourselves. Rather than waiting for God to complete His rescue mission, we escape at the first chance we get, only to realize it's not an escape at all but a larger trap.
Luckily, that's not the end for us. God's willing to do what it takes to get us, His little birdies, out of the bondage that is our parsonage.
Rich used a broom.
God used Christ.