When I was a little girl, well maybe not really little, but as I am about to begin year 35, the younger me looks younger and younger. When I was younger, I was on vacation with my parents. We were in a hotel pool outside in whatever state we were visiting (I'm so old I can't remember). I was playing with my brothers and turned around to see a little girl, maybe two or three, drowning in the pool. I swam over to her and simply stood her up, as she was just on the steps of the pool, all she had to do was stand up and she was ok. She was still chocking on the water as her mom rushed over. They didn't speak English so I couldn't understand her mom at the time, but I believe she was thanking me. I was reminded of this today as I was recalling a recent message my friend Andrew gave at church. I don't remember all the details of his message, I mean I'm a mom of three I barely remember my own name, but one word keeps coming back into my brain: RESCUED.
Did you know that you need to be Rescued? Did you know there's a rescue plan for you already played out and in place?
Some of us don't realize it but we are drowning and all we need to do is stand up. It seems like we like to have the feeling of drowning sometimes. As I looked at my December calendar this week I paused. I have something every night, every weekend, everyday has a commitment. So much for a season of peace. Maybe I like to be drowning in a sea of busy, maybe it's hard for me to have silence.
For you it may be something else. Maybe you're drowning in a sea of bad relationships, ones in which you give pieces of yourself away, so much so that you feel there is nothing left. Maybe you are drowning because there is nothing left anymore to hold you up.
Or others it may be work and accomplishments. You work all day and all night to build up an empire because that, that is what will show that you have great worth. Your net value. You are drowning in a sea of accomplishments that when they are the only thing left could never withstand the weight you carry. Pieces of paper can never pull us up out of the water.
And today one of you is reading this and you are drowning in life. All you do is give yourself away over and over and over again. To your spouse, your kids, your church, the PTA, nonprofit work, fundraising, book writing, blog posts, praise team, ministries, caring for the needy, caring for the not needy, that ailing parent who takes it all out of you, your child who has cancer...and so on. Today you are siting here with your head under water, chocking on just regular life and it overcomes you completely. Nothing is holding you up anymore, only weighing you down to sink further.
To all of you I say, stand up and be rescued. God has put it within you already. Once you lay down your life to him, the Holy Spirit dwells within you and that is your rescue dear friend. This season of Christmas is celebrating the middle of the rescue plan which began in Genesis, was predicted in Isaiah and came to fruition in Matthew-Mark-Luke and John. Jesus is your rescuer. He swam over because he saw you gasping with your head under water. He has his hand under your arm holding you, now you need to stand up.
You are his rescue plan, stop drowning in life and let him lead you up out of the water, dry you off and set you back on solid ground. Life will still fill up, calendars and work and family will still be vying for our attention, but your focus will change. Serving will become a call, loving will be challenging but worth it, work will be to glorify God and relationships will be tricky but beautiful in his presence.
Stop drowning, stand up, and be rescued.
Your rescuer came here with you in mind to fulfill a prophecy of life, death and resurrection; so that you could spend eternity with him because he loves you. You dear friend, are his daughter (son), beautifully made in his image and fully worth the RESCUE.