A Grand Rescue Plan 2500 Miles Away:
My husband, my daughter and I recently returned for a second time from a third world country where we spent a week ministering to others in hope that we could help the missionary and his team earn the right to share the Gospel.
We’ve supported a girl there with school uniforms for the last three years and this time we had the opportunity to purchase some food staples and hand deliver them to her and her family in her village. How exciting, in my mind I thought what next? We’re already supporting her so that she can go to school, we provide presents during the holiday’s and in-between, and now we are able to provide a month’s grocery’s and leave more money behind for more. I quickly realized that I was concentrating on what we were doing, what I could do—not what God could do.
After further discussion with the missionary, my husband and I realized that we were not her rescuers. Unfortunately as refugees in this country, the likelihood of her even making it to high-school or out of the circumstances she was born into was not going to happen.
The missionary reminded us the reason for being there and doing the things we do, he does and his ministry team did was to earn the right to share the gospel, to be a conduit, and to be used by Jesus and the Holy Spirit so that she can have a relationship with Christ herself – to be rescued by him – to receive VICTORY!
God can rescue Aimee and he can rescue us. I love the thought that my Creator of the universe wants a personal relationship with each of us.
Relationship, it’s a big word. Relationship is not just something that is; it’s something that is built. I never had a true relationship with the Lord. I realized last fall that I had lived my entire life working out my salvation, being a good person, but never building a true relationship, meaning no dialogue between myself and my heavenly father, my savior, the one who has rescued me, the one that provides eternal VICTORY!
A Grand Rescue Plan at Home:
“What I have done, is wake up every morning and cry out to God for help to be the wife that he wants me to be.”
I was reminded Sunday in a friend’s sermon all about the Victory that we can find in Jesus. If you’re a southern girl like me and have ever graced the door of a Southern Baptist country church, you might have heard these words.
“I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.”
Sound familiar to anyone?
My friend asked the questions, “Do we live in the mire of the pain or do we allow God to move us to a place of Victory? Victory is a common theme in our Savior’s life but do we truly believe it?”
My goal should be to allow Jesus to take my scars and do something very different with them, different from what I could ever imagine. We all have scars, lost jobs, hurt relationships, deaths, infidelity, addictions and so many more.
Do we truly give it to the Lord; do we truly ask him to take this hurt, this pain and turn it into what he wants? Our goal has to be to allow Jesus to take our scars and do something very different than we could ever imagine.
He reminded us, “What if there is a reason for having this scar, a reason for why God allowed this thing to happen in your life”?
The beautiful ending to our stories is that Jesus can bring victory amidst of the pain. I don’t know about you but despite the hurt in my life over the almost last 11 months I claim victory, VICTORY IN JESUS.
“No, in all these things we are more than victorious
through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
I love that no matter what our little girl Aimee has encountered, they can; we can go forward from that. No matter what has happened in their life or ours we can go forward with Christ with personal relationship and have VICTORY! He has a grand rescue plan for each of us.
If you are overwhelmed by pain and hurt, know that Jesus wants to overshadow you in his love. I’m not saying the road is easy. It has been the hardest thing to do. To wake up every morning and say today I’m going to be an encouraging, supportive, loving wife to a recovering sex addict would be inaccurate. What I have tried to do is wake up every morning and cry out to God for help to be the wife that he —that God — wants me to be.
“Now I know that the Lord gives victory to His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
with mighty victories from[a] His right hand.” (Psalm 20:6)
“Dear Lord, take my scars and turn them into what you want them to be. Please continue to give us strength to seek your face and will daily. Please use me and my husband. Please bring beauty from the ashes. Thank you that you’ve always had a grand rescue plan in mind and that through you we have VICTORY, Amen.”