A passage from David’s song of praise, 2 Samuel 22:17 & 20b “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters….he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

I have just returned from the funeral of a cousin by marriage, a man who turned many things around in his life by the help of the Lord and died a “hero of faith” and a faithful witness to his Savior.  So I ponder the scripture above.  Why did God “reach down his hand and rescue me” when the “cords of death entangled me (Ps 116:3)” and give me extended length of life.  The reason David gave is that “he delighted in me.”   But, Lord, that can’t be. You delight in all your kids. Many more deserving than I.  Look at Rich.  He died trusting in you.  I know you delighted in him.  He was such an over-comer.

A couple of years ago, I was considering this same situation at the death of another friend.  I “heard” these words,  “Not all rescues look alike,” God said.  Isaiah 57:1b & 2, “devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.  Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

Who am I to doubt that Rich’s rescue was not as great or greater than mine? Our times are in His hands.  His wisdom is much more abundant than ours; his love is much more abundant than ours; his ability to see the future is much more than ours.  

Even so, Lord Jesus, thy will be done.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Wow, that is powerful. I’m glad you were able to find peace in that situation, and I thank God for revealing that word.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, dear. I read your “Where are we going” story. It is a nice story and it does work as an analogy of trying to help someone find their “father.” Thanks for your kind comment.

  2. thank you Oneta for this…I’m still picking up the pieces from dad’s death–trying to find order and sanity of managing an “estate” and now still picking up the most recent pieces from my aunt’s death…
    I do believe there are those who go before us, who are spared that which remains here..that which is evil and bad…and here I am–trying to stand on His hallowed ground…am I still in need of moulding, am I being punished or am I being blessed…
    yes His will be done!!!!

    • oneta hayes says:

      When he leaves us it is for a purpose. His work here cannot be completed if he were to take all his children out. You are needed to pick up the pieces in a physical sense, to continue your teaching and inspiration to this world (bloggers), as well as the other things he impresses on your heart. You do not want to go with your mission unfinished. And I presume he does need us to be “finished” before he takes us. I’m glad the choice is his, but I do have my moments of wondering why! Sorry about your dad; I think I missed your aunt’s passing. Have wisdom in dealing with the work, and peace to you. 😀

  3. Salvageable says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your cousin, and I am content to know that he died in the faith and you will be reunited with him in the new creation. What a powerful message you learned from this happening! J.

  4. This is a very specific opinion which I will definitely take into account. Thank you for being honest with your readers and guests!

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