As a child, I felt isolated and alone. To me, there were no visible signs of hope – no one to rescue me from my situation and my distress. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized I was never alone – not really. I was just blind to my help. And my natural state and free will (which, as a child, I wasn’t even aware of) kept me separated from my one source of hope. Who was there to open my eyes so I could see? Who was sent to help me? Who came forward with a message of hope? Hidden away in the deep woods of Appalachia, there weren’t many who could come or would be able to find me.
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!””
Romans 10:15 ESV
There were arguments between my parents that brought up the name, Jesus. By my father’s attempt to drive Jesus out of my mother’s life, he introduced Jesus to mine. And every year, like clock work, my great grandmother would send me a birthday card with a track. “What is this?” I remember asking my mother. It was another introduction, and my eyes were slowly opening to the presence of another – unseen – the one who could truly save me. The one who could save me not just from my situation but also walk me through the healing of the scars I would carry. The one who would save me from a life of shame and give me a life of blessing and purpose. The one who would show me grace and teach me to love as He loves.
He was always there even in my darkest days. And because of His great love for me, He sent messages to me through people and highlighted the work of His great hands in the world around me so that I could find Him. What messages is He sending you? Do you hear? Can you see?
His great army fights all around us, in the heavenly realms, to save us. And He uses people – those who love us and sometimes even those who don’t – to reach out to us.
He hears our cries to Him! Do you need rescued? Cry out to the only One that saves. He is waiting for you with open arms.