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,
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,
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!