October 30, 2009

The Rescue!


My heart was broken and grieving........dreams shattered........emotions raw and empty..........hopelessness was settling within my heart and mind like an ominous, foreboding storm on the horizon - I was coming undone!   I will never forget that day.  A day when I cried out to God one more time with tears pouring forth from the deepest depths of my being.  "I trust you Lord. I trust you Lord and I know that somehow, someway You are going to get me through this storm."  I felt so alone, but I knew He was there and He loved me, but I still felt I was coming undone!

That was many years ago, but as I type this post I can remember it as if it were yesterday!  As I stood there in my kitchen reeling from the storm raging against my heart and soul a "God thing" happened.  One of those "things" that you know is totally Him!  At that moment the telephone began to ring and honestly I was in no shape to converse with anyone but as I picked up the receiver I heard the voice of a woman from my church -  a woman I barely knew and to this day don't know her name.

"Jackie, Jackie, I have a scripture for you" she said.  "You're probably familiar with this passage, but the Lord wants you to hear me read it to you........you must hear what the Lord is saying to you right now!"  As I stood there holding the receiver she began to speak words from His heart to mine.  Numb and emotionally disengaged I listened as she spoke this scripture into my ear.........

Thus saith the Lord that created you, Jackie
and He that formed you,
FEAR NOT
for I have redeemed you Jackie,
I have called you by name
you are mine;
When you pass through the waters
I will be with you, Jackie
and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned
neither the flame kindle upon you.
For I AM THE LORD your God
the Holy One of Israel,
your Saviour.
(Isaiah 43:1-3)

I could not speak or respond but I knew the Lord had moved upon that precious obedient woman's heart to speak over me Words from Heaven.....Words of Hope.....Words of Deliverance and Peace......Words of Love, Mercy and Grace.  And like a little girl looking on the horizon for her hero to come and rescue her wounded broken heart, He Came - My Rescuer Came!

It was not an instantaneous rescue, but oh, true to His word, He was with me through the waters and rivers and they did not overpower me.  He was with me through the fire and I wasn't burned or scorched!  I made it through the storm in victory with my Hero Rescuer - Jesus!

There's a reason you are reading this post today!  I don't know where you are or what storm is blowing across your heart, but He does.  Maybe you're right where I was - feeling completely broken, alone and "undone".  Don't cave in, don't quit but hold tight to Him and His Promises.  Maybe like the woman who telephoned me, I'm the woman "blogging"  you today to say.......Thus saith the Lord that created and formed you, FEAR NOT..........YOU ARE MINE.......I WILL BE WITH YOU THROUGH THE STORM.......I WILL RESCUE YOU......IT WILL ALL BE OK......FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, YOUR SAVIOUR!

One of my most favorite songs of praise and worship is by Israel Houghton "If not for Your Grace".  I have it playing almost constantly in my car and find myself singing it to the Lord all through the day.  One of the lines says "Where would I be if not for Your Grace, carrying me through every season....You came to my RESCUE and I want to thank You for Your Grace".

Please take a few minutes to watch the entire video of this anointed song (link below) and enter into His Presence - Thank Him for His Grace, Thank Him that He came to your rescue!



Sweet Blessings!

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10 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

OH, Hallelujah! This is just the word I needed today. Thank you for listening to God speak.

Saleslady371 said...

I'm grateful for the gal from church who gave you that special Word! And I'm even more grateful that you gave it to us today! Yep, there are no coincidences in Christ; I was suppose to be here to receive. Love the song.

hugs,
Mary

Denise said...

Oh..... The day of my rescue is so fresh on my mind and yet it was 33 years ago.... From the depths of darkness that enveloped me HE came.. That darkness has never been allowed back......

I pray for the fresh anointing oil on the body of Christ today.. We so need our vision renewed and a fire set under our faith..... HE IS... should be what our mouth speaks to a broken world......

Andrea said...

What a blessing to visit you this evening! Your heart and words touched me so, for your love for God is so deep and sure.

Thank you for sharing your mighty testimony of God's grace and deliverance.

May His name be praised forever and ever!!!

Andrea

Debbie said...

You were that gal for me today. I couldn't sleep. It's 2 am and I thought I'd read some blogs. I'm so glad I read yours because I needed a word like this right now. Thank you for being that gal to me. I needed to be reminded that in the midst of the storm ...He is with me.

Bless you,
Debbie

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've had a few of those "dark nights of the soul"--of crying out for the deliverance from God. Like you, I remember them well because they (like none other) were used by God to shape my faith in a way that strengthened my understanding of who God is and how he works.

Sometimes through friends; sometimes through strangers. Sometimes through the power of a song; sometimes through the literal "confirmation" of his presence.

God is astounding in his care for us. We may not see it coming, but he is always faithful to come. Never once does his back away from our need. Instead our need is the what attracts him to our hearts.

He just can't help himself!

I love him so; I know you do as well. Enjoy his presence this weekend.

peace~elaine

Edie said...

As soon as I began reading the first paragraph, even before you got to the scripture I knew this was meant for me. I will be meditating on this today. Thank you Jackie.

Much love!

Deborah Ann said...

Ohhhhh! I needed to hear this. I need that fresh oil.

I saw Jesus was here, so I climbed on board.

Blessings,
Debby

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Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Jackie,
I read your comment on Elaine's blog today and was so impressed with what you said about sitting on a porch swing looking at the Grand Canyon that I hopped over here to visit you!

I have quickly read back to your fist post of last week and want to come back in a few days when I have more time to really slowly read and absorb them. I love your title of "Fresh Oil Today"! That's what I need! A fresh annointing of God's Holy Spirit on a daily basis.

I'll be back!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

Alleluiabelle said...

Dear Sister,

This post deeply touches the very heart of who I am and all that He is to me and to all of us. Your words, your thoughts, your experiences...I feel it all and yes...SO MUCH GRACE HE DOES PROVIDE.

I love you my new friend and sister and thank you for revealing your all, His all. You truly inspire and encourage me through this writing. I thank God for you Jackie and for leading me here to this very special place "Fresh Oil Today!"

Many Hugs & Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

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