Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
2 Timothy 4:18 (Amplified Version)
[And indeed] the Lord will certainly deliver and draw me to Himself from every assault of evil. He will preserve and bring me safe unto His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
At three years old, my youngest son had a serious alter-ego. He called it “Super Batman.” Super Batman appeared most often after dinner, when both of my boys were roughhousing with their Daddy in the living room.
Here was the set up: Finding himself suddenly out-matched by his father my oldest son would yell out “HELP! Super Batman, HELP!” The plea for a rescue was my little one’s cue to run over to the ottoman, climb up and very officially proclaim “OH! I’m coming! Super Batman to the rescue!” With that, he’d jump down, bound across the room and begin tugging at his Daddy’s big arms, thereby “rescuing” his brother.
One lazy Saturday morning the boys crawled into our bed. It wasn’t long before snuggling turned into roughhousing and my oldest son had to call upon the all-powerful Super Batman for help. But when I caught my little one in a bear hug, he, himself, cried out “SUPER BATMAN, HEEEELLLP!” A moment later, he vocalized a troubling reality: “Oh no, I’m Super Batman…”
Sometimes we go through our days thinking we’re bigger than life. Nothing can touch us – we’re Super Batman! As moms, we are used to rescuing everyone else around us – it’s just what we do! But sometimes, we are the ones in need of a full-fledged rescue operation. It’s during those spaces in time we realize our very real need for a God who is bigger and mightier and greater than us.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have a funny way of humbling me sometimes and reminding me exactly where my wisdom and strength come from. Thank you for rescuing me out of pits, quicksand, raging battles, and danger zones I carelessly walk into sometimes. Thank you for always being there to steady me, ready to help and ready to step in at just the right moment. Words fail to express my gratitude. Amen.
Taking it deeper:
God rescues us from many circumstances – some are of our own doing while others are outside our control. Regardless of the circumstances, He promises to always be there for us. When we call on him, he will sustain us, strengthen us and save us.
Can you think of a time when you were drowning in a situation and He stepped in at just the right moment to pull you up? Thank the Lord for rescuing you and pray about who God might have you share your story with this week. You never know how it may encourage someone.