“NOT ALL RESCUES LOOK ALIKE”
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.”
Pondering this scripture, my internal thoughts went like this: “I have asked ‘why’ I was rescued and given more time to live on earth. I guess the reason is “that You delight in me.”
But, Lord, that can’t be. You delight in all your kids. Many more deserving than I. Look at Joyce. I know you delighted in her. But she died fully trusting you.”
That’s when I “heard” these words. “Not all rescues look alike.” 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 Joyce’s rescue was not as great or greater than mine? Our times are in his hands.
Very sweet, Oneta. “Not all rescues look alike,” well said.
These kinds of death make me look to the story of Stephen who, being stoned, saw Jesus.
Amen, Oneta! It is really hard for us on this end to understand and we’re often blinded by grief and confusion, but death is not the end and God is good, always. Stephen went right into the arms of Jesus, who actually stood up to honor and welcome him.
So hard Oneta— this trust He asks of us—
And yet something inside of us knows we must, no matter the trials— it does make us weary— of which He also knows
I am sorry and yet shored you’re by your words
Thanks, Julie. Joyce was a neighbor of my sister for many years. She had rental houses and apparently she let a homeless man stay there for a while. He is believed to have assaulted and killed her and took her truck. He hasn’t yet been found.
Oh my lord— it will s so hard to understand when such goodness and mercy is offered, only to be met by evil
Calls on our faith in Jesus and comfort of the Bible for sure.
So sorry to hear about your loss. As they say, strange is the ways of the Lord.
On that note , to answer your question, “why’ I was rescued and given more time to live on earth. I guess the reason is” –
you still have doubts. It is to meet me, partner.😀. Just think about the fun we had in the little time we knew each other.
Stay home, stay safe and stay blessed Oneta.
Got to, don’t I? Who else can do what I do? Believe we will meet in Heaven. 😀 Thanks.
We will meet before that. Now I need to win that Lotto first prize soon😀
Praise God! Not all rescues look alike, indeed.
He rescues most of us before we are faced with such evil, but I know he is faithful even when…..
My daughter witnessed a murder many years ago. The woman who was killed was a precious young mother. I did not know the victim personally, but I had spoken with her at length on the phone just a couple of days before she was killed. She had called about an ad I was running, for babysitting. She had a little boy and she was looking for someone to watch him during the days when she was at work. In talking with her, it was clear that she loved her child so much. I was looking forward to meeting her. And then, she was shot and killed right in front of my daughter, who was thirteen at the time. The murder happened in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store, where my daughter had gone, with my permission, to buy some candy with her allowance money.
Eventually, the whole truth came out. The gunman had been hired by the murder victim’s husband, who was having an affair. Apparently, he didn’t want to have to go to the trouble and expense of a divorce.
I have often wondered how the Lord could allow such a horrible thing to happen. I still don’t understand it. But what you have written here, has given me a different perspective.
Today my daughter, who was so traumatized by the murder, is now a licensed therapist. Giving comfort and healing to many others, from her lived experience. Wow.
Deepest condolences & prayers Ms. Oneta!🙏💕
Thank you, e. I checked but it looks like you didn’t write on your blog today. Thanks for coming over.
So sorry for your devastating loss. The world is filled with evil, but we’ve all been graciously forgiven. I pray for you and for the man who did this to your friend. Maybe his heart will be changed because of this incident. We’ve all been rescued. It’s up to us to repent, confess and ask for forgiveness.
Yes, if he repents, he can be forgiven just as we are forgiven. If he does not, he will stand before a Supreme Judge who is bring justice for this act. Thanks Kathy.
Thank you for blogging this. You expressed the highest level of faith in horrific situation.
I’ll never understand the willingness of martyrhood, except that the Holy Spirit lives BIG within one when the gates of hell set out to take them down. God rises to the occasion!