Oneta 84


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.


This was written in 2014 when a friend died.  I’ve changed the name  in memory of a family friend who was just horrifically murdered.  It is near impossible to not ask why.  So even though we ask, we also accept by faith that the Lord Jesus, who she walked with all her life, also held her closely in his arms at the end.  

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. Very sweet, Oneta. “Not all rescues look alike,” well said.

  2. 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

  3. pranabaxom says:

    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.

  4. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

    Praise God! Not all rescues look alike, indeed.

    • oneta hayes says:

      He rescues most of us before we are faced with such evil, but I know he is faithful even when…..

      • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

        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.

  5. e says:

    Deepest condolences & prayers Ms. Oneta!🙏💕

  6. says:

    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.

    • oneta hayes says:

      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.

  7. Faye says:

    Thank you for blogging this. You expressed the highest level of faith in horrific situation.

    • oneta hayes says:

      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!

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