Have you ever been rescued?

11 Mar

Nikki - dogAs a young boy, my brothers and I would go swimming in our family pond. It was really a stinky water hole with moss and fish that would nibble on your legs.  Our family swim times always included our family dog. Our dog Nikki loved to swim. When swimming, my brothers would race across the yard with Nikki on their heels and run off the edge of our deck.  Nikki would jump in after them, and race to the middle of the pond. As the youngest of four boys, I watched this happen over and over.

One day when I was about 10 years old, I decided that I would race Nikki to the middle of the pond. The race started out great, but didn’t end so well.  When I reached the middle of the pond, a fifty pound dog caught up to me, and decided that I needed to hold her.

Have you ever tried treading water with a fifty pound dog?

I tried to get away, but it only caused her to paw more at my chest, scraping my chest and stomach. I couldn’t get away, and she was pulling me down with her paws.

I began to panic, and I thought that I was going to die. I still remember the gripping fear, and the helplessness.

I actually don’t remember exactly what happened next.  I know that my brothers and my dad ran to my rescue.

Even though I forget the details, the memories and emotions are still very strong.  It is an amazing feeling when you go from a state of helplessness to safety.  It is a feeling that a person cannot adequately describe, but must be experienced.

In Luke 7, Jesus’ feet are anointed by a sinful woman.  A woman who understood the weight of her sin.  I woman who understood what it mean to be pulled down by sin.  She knew what it meant to be helpless and in need of being rescuing.

The other person in the story was Simon, a Pharisee.  A man who had grown up being trained to be religious.  A man who had been trained for sinlessness and God’s approval.  A man who understood what it meant  to discipline oneself, and to work for personal holiness.

water_pond_ripples_271464_hThese two individuals illustrate the difference it makes when someone understands their need for God.  Jesus says to Simon, “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

The Pharisee had no idea what it felt like to be drowning.  

The woman did.  

Christians need to know their need to be rescued.  We need to feel the weight of our sin, and our helplessness before the power of sin.

This alone will enable a life of love and devotion to our Rescuer.

2 Responses to “Have you ever been rescued?”

  1. Melinda Taylor March 11, 2014 at 06:51 #

    Dear Dave, As you know I was rescued by Jesus Christ my Lord. I can not describe the feeling of peace and comforter to know my rescuer.

  2. Pam Mayer March 11, 2014 at 08:23 #

    I have been rescued. God has since used me to rescue others. It is a humbling experience.

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