14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
Think of a time in your life when you felt completely helpless. No way out. Every escape route exhausted. You needed help. You required a rescue.
When bad things happen in our lives (illness, loss of a loved one, broken relationships, bankruptcy, pink slips, custody battles, etc.), we turn to a lot of different things and people. Those times when no matter reliable or dependable we perceive someone to be, the situation is beyond the help any human can offer. See, when it comes to reliance upon human help alone, it’s never going to be 100% reliable or dependable and there’s always going to be a wait. Help will always seem to be “on the way.”
A few years back, Central Illinois was blasted with yet another familiar January blizzard. As the warnings were being issued, homes were beginning to lose power. This was the case for our friends Ross and Christen who lived in a neighboring town. After reaching out to us for help, they decided they would make the 20-minute drive to our place for a warm place to stay. As several inches of snow continued to fall, along with treacherous winds, driving conditions soon became impossible.
Unknown to our friends, the National Guard would soon shut down all roads in the area. As they discovered the news, they began to turn around and head back toward home. This was where things began to get messy. As they attempted to turn around, they became trapped in a snow drift. With a limited about of gas, cell phone battery (and a pregnant wife), Ross called me frantic, scared, in need of rescue. With zero visibility, temperatures dropping quickly and a grim forecast, they soon realized there was nothing they could do on their own besides pray.
After receiving the call, Monica and I began to pray and to contact as many people we knew that lived in the area “Ross thought” they were currently located.
After a few intense hours and series of calls we realized there was hope. It turned out they we less than an 1/8th of a mile from friends of friends, who still had power, food and warm home.
How many times in our life do we feel like there is no way out? We began to ask, “God where are you?” “Why are you letting this happen to me?”
Sometimes our visibility is limited and even restricted by the storm around us, and we wait impatiently for help to arrive. But, what we fail to realize so many times is that, in Christ, we no longer need to wait for help to arrive. Why? Because our help has arrived! In Christ, our help has been here all along!
I’ve been reminded all too often in the hard times, just because your story isn’t going the way you want doesn’t mean God isn’t in it. In fact, He’s been there all the time.