I waited a long time;
He finally knelt down to hear me.
He listened to my weak and whispered cry.
He reached down and drew me
from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay.
With a gentle hand, He pulled me out
To set me down safely on a warm rock;
He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.
As if that were not enough,
because of Him my mind is clearing up.
Now I have a new song to sing—
a song of praise to the One who saved me.
Because of what He’s done, many people will see
and come to trust in the Eternal.
In super Adam and Ashley Fisher dramatic fashion, yesterday, I end up in a field, on the side of the road in Forest City, Arkansas watching smoke come out from under the hood of my car as if it were a chimney. Frantically, I call Adam and unlike me, he doesn't panic. Just like any loving caring husband would do, He immediately formulates a plan for my rescue.
This crazy story reminded me of the verses above, my life verses, and some of my favorite in all of the bible. Let me tell you why. They prove:
1) Jesus doesn’t leave us hanging.
Even when it feels like we have been waiting for longer than we can stand, God has a reason and a plan and He promises to deliver us, maybe not in the way we think we should be delivered but always in the best way. Think about the Israelites being slaves in Egypt for 430 years. (Exodus 12:40) They were His people. He allowed to live in slavery for all of this time, yet He had purposes that we will never know this side of heaven for making them wait for deliverance. He however, heard their cries and finally saved them.
2) He kneels down to hear us.
In the same way I am attentive to my children when they need me, if we are His, Jesus is in the business of listening to us. Scripture is full of passages that prove He listens to those who live to follow Him. "He hears the prayer of the righteous." Prov 15:29 "The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry." Psalm 34:15
3) Jesus is the Ultimate Rescuer
No matter how bad our situation seems, if we are in the deep dark hole of addiction or depression. If we are figuratively stuck in the mud and clay of bad habits, or selfishness in it’s many forms. Even if we are stuck in thought patterns because someone else has hurt us. He has the power to deliver us.
4) He is gentle in His rescuing.
The verses say He sits with us while we recover, waiting until we are steady enough to continue on. “He knows our frame and remembers that we are of dust.” Psalm 103:14
5) He gives us a new song to sing.
Just like we talked about yesterday, He does not waste our pain. Whatever he rescues us from, He gives us a story of his greatness to tell whether through spoken story, written story or even sung story to those around us.
These verses so greatly exemplify, our deliverance doesn't depend on us, it’s all about what He does for us. He is the great rememberer, listener, rescuer, gentle Father, and story maker and today I'm thankful.
Thank you Jesus for rescuing us time and time again and remembering “we are of dust.” Give us strength for this day. Help us to lean on you, not on ourselves, or too much on others or distractions, but on you. Enable us to remember the promise that you are always with us. Thank you for the new song you are writing in our lives even today. We love you Jesus.