Rescued and Healed
I absolutely love this picture because the woman represents exactly how I felt one time in my life, dirty and filled with shame; a nobody from nowhere. I was divorced with 3 small children, fixing to lose my house, and living a very immoral life. I lived in the bars in an attempt to drown my sorrows and was contemplating suicide because I couldn’t handle the stress. On a very hot and sultry evening, I was lying in my bed trying to breathe. The children were already asleep and I was alone with my tortuous thoughts. I could see no way out for us. My secretarial job didn’t come close to covering my bills and I knew my emotional state was tittering on the edge. My lifestyle was only adding more shame and guilt and I knew something had to change!
I remember looking out the window into a dark night sky and saying, “God, if you’re there, do something!”
I didn’t feel anything change, but change it did. Over the next few months, I met an elderly man who became a good friend and introduced me to Jesus. He shared about his relationship with God and His Son and how it had changed his life. We had long conversations as he shared that true life isn’t derived from knowing about God; it comes from knowing God. See the difference?
I had been raised in a Christian home and went to church as a child. I knew all the children’s Bible stories like Noah and the flood, Samson and Delilah, but it turns out that knowing about someone isn’t the same as truly knowing them and being in a close relationship. Through my friend’s story, I discovered how much God loved me, yes me, so much that He sent his Son to die for my sins. Jesus wanted to take away all my screw-ups, my drinking and carousing, all the times I neglected my kids, and the bitterness and anger. He being without any sin wanted to carry all of mine to the cross and die in my place. He came to cover me with his righteousness. It sounded like a dream come true and I decided it was time to let go of the past and grab hold of a better future.
One night sitting on the couch with my friend, I prayed a simple prayer asking God to take over and rescue me. Once I put my trust in Jesus, God accepted me into His family and we began establishing our relationship. By studying the Bible and spending time in prayer, God began to heal all the hurts in my heart and life. He was so gentle and loving and He knew exactly how to peel back the layers, expose the wounds, and then cover them with His love and healing. He set me free from the addiction of alcohol and cigarettes. He placed me on a good path and showed me who He created me to be. Since then, life has been one adventure after another. He helped me develop my gifts and personality as He intended. He has used my story to help others around the world and even sent me as a missionary overseas. Remember, I’m a nobody from nowhere and yet…God has given me a great and purposeful life!
Trusting God is a decision I will never regret. Our relationship has grown into something far bigger than I could have dreamed. I share my deepest thoughts with Him every morning and listen for what He has to say. His word continuously speaks into situations I am facing and gives me wisdom on what to do. I made that decision more than 30 years ago and in that time, I have faced many of life’s battles and heartaches, but God has seen me through each and every one. It’s hard sometimes letting go of the control and trusting God to fix things, but all too well I remember what happened to me when I was in control. I became a slobbering drunk who couldn’t handle life. Nope, don’t ever want to go back to that! I made a choice to let God take the wheel and He has never, no not ever, steered me wrong.
Are you finding life too much to handle? Do you feel like something is missing in your life? I have the answer. It is a relationship with the God who created you and has designed a special and unique plan for you. I encourage you to invite Him into your life trusting in Jesus’ righteousness to cover your sins. Jesus was brought back from death and now sits in heaven watching over us. He has promised not only to guide us now, but just as he came back to life, he promises eternal life. On the day our physical bodies die, his life will take over and we will be united with God and with all our loved ones who trusted in Him. That’s a future worth choosing!
Won’t you take that step today? It only takes a moment. Just talk to God like you would a friend. I’ll even give you an example of what I said so many years ago.
Father God, I come broken and in need of rescue. I have heard that Jesus died for me and that if I believe on Him that You will adopt me and heal my life. I am so sorry for all the things I’ve done wrong and I ask for your forgiveness. Please take control of my life and place me into the plan You have designed for me. I ask You to be my Lord and Savior and to rescue me. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, amen.