There is nothing more captivating than news of a rescue.
As Northern California was swathed in sheets of rain this week, I heard a news story come over the radio, through the swish-swipe of wipers on the windshield.
Earlier this week on Monday, US authorities gave the green light to Haitian orphans to legally enter the country and receive care in the wake of Haiti’s 7.0-magnitude quake.
The flight out was almost canceled. Not all the children had their adoptions approved, and some would have to be left behind.
According to an AFP’s news article, the American sisters, Ali and Jamie McMuturie, campaigned to have the US government relax adoption rules for the orphans’ quick exit. They responded by saying, “unless everybody goes, all 54 kids, nobody’s going.”
The Great Rescue Plan
This sentiment reflects how I once saw my adoption into God’s family. God loved the world so much that I was fortunately included in The Great Rescue Plan (aka “salvation”). Yes, I was adopted into the God’s family, but I felt it was more like a blanket contract that Jesus had signed with His life giving red ink.
God must have chuckled at my small faith. It was small because I didn’t know exactly how much Father God loved me. I simply had no idea.
I only recently began to understand I was just like Emma.
Two-year-old Emma had fallen asleep on the bus headed to the airport and missed the flight. When the group of orphans in Haiti boarded their plane and took off, it was discovered that this one little girl had been left behind.
Emma eventually made her flight to the US — after being found later in Haiti.
A Personal Love and Rescue
This wonderful story of rescue touched my heart. The radio news update was brief, but God had left a message in it for me.
No matter how limited our understanding is of the Father’s love for us, He will never fail to rescue us.
Just like Emma was found among the numerous in Haiti, we are never a faceless person among the crowd to God.
I am coming to understand, my experience of God’s personal touch in my life is activated by my faith – to trust and accept His favor, even if it’s unmerited. To swim and embrace grace boldly. When I do this, I can smile confidently follow Him.
In response to many comments you posted this week to No Peace in Fortune Cookies and Looking For My Real Father, I am closing out the week with a Worship Smoothie — from Christian worship recording artist, Desperation Band.
The song is Rescue.
May it launch you into a wonderful weekend.
No matter what we may be facing, we are always safe because we have One who will come to our rescue.
Let us follow Him today with confidence, knowing His grace is here to capture us. We will never be left behind.
How do you like your Smoothie today?
What’s your story of rescue?
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Lyrics to Rescue - By Desperation Band You are the source of life, And I can't be left behind. No one else will do, And I will take hold of You. I need You Jesus, To come to my rescue. Where else can I go? There's no other name by Which I am saved. Capture me with grace, I will follow You. This world has nothing for me, I will follow You. This world has nothing for me, I will follow You.