Uncertainty is difficult to face especially when we feel alone. God used a dream to remind me and our family that He is always available to rescue us if we put our trust in Him.
We All Need to Be Rescued
From the safety of the small boat, we were attempting to reach the little girl struggling in the water. Barely afloat, she was trying to swim but looked small, scared and alone. We threw a lifesaving ring into the water, called out to her and extended our hands. “Just grab the ring” we yelled as she refused to look at us or accept help. She was drowning, and in her desperation, began to kick the boat. I shouted for her to please stop or she would capsize the boat and place us all in danger!
I suddenly sat up in bed realizing it was a dream. My anxious heart relaxed for a moment as I looked around at the familiar surroundings. My dream seemed real unlike most that were a bizarre patchwork of stories that made no sense.
God Shows us a Rescue Plan
The dream took place after my husband and I had agreed to welcome two little girls into our home. We worked hard to become a new type of family building cohesiveness, but one of the girls was not connecting or thriving. As we watched her wrestle with anger and isolation, our sense of helplessness grew.
The next morning, I asked her if we could talk about the dream and what I believed God was showing us. I began to draw a rough sketch of the small boat and the little girl in the water. Averting eye contact and playing with her shirt, tears began to fall down her face and she quietly began to sob.
She rarely cried, so I sensed her fragile, guarded heart was beginning to open. She began to talk about her feelings of rejection and loneliness. I told her we loved her, Jesus loved her and we felt God had sent our family to help her walk through the pain.
Believing God has Already Rescued us
She needed to believe He loved her, take the action of embracing us and trust God with the outcome. We didn’t fix all of the problems that day but we did make a breakthrough and illuminated a path where she could begin releasing some of her hurt and confusion.
Believe God loves you
Take appropriate action
Trust God with the outcome
I am often reminded of that dream and our conversation. There are situations when I feel as though I am the one flailing around alone in a sea of unknowns.
Fear, loneliness, regret or guilt attempt to dominate my thought life as I swim in circles around available lifeboats. Isolation drives me away from God and healthy relationships.
During these times when feelings of helplessness threaten to overwhelm me, I know He walks beside me and anchors my soul with the assurance that I am already rescued, safe, loved, cherished and guaranteed an eternity with Jesus.
“For the Lord says, “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name. When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.”
How God Rescues Us
God hears our cries as we acknowledge our fear or pain
God can show us how to take action in our current situation
God, through prayer, can be our greatest resource instead of the media, gossip or circumstances
God will direct us to good friends to help use fight isolation
God’s Word brings us peace and lets our spirit rest
When we trust that He will rescue us, we can slowly release our need to control and place our hope in God’s plans.
Jesus will always extend a lifeline, but we have to choose to focus on His unfailing love
and the promise that He is in control regardless of earthly outcomes.
It has not been easy for the little girl in the water, but she was recently baptized and continues to navigate the uncertainties in her life. We are hopeful and confident of God’s great love for her and trusting Him for the outcome.
Bible Verses that show God’s Rescue Plan
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
“The One who died for us, who was raised to life for us is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins”
How about you? Do you believe God wants to rescue you?
Mary Rooney Armand loves to write about inspiring faith based stories. She focuses on helping others grow in their intimacy with Christ and thrive in their personal relationships. Mary lives in New Orleans with her husband Cory and four children. Besides writing, she teaches Bible Studies and leads small groups. In 2020 she developed ButterflyLiving and a Bible Study titled “Identity” which is available on Amazon. To learn more visit maryarmand.com.