I have not been able to get this song out of my head that we sang at church. It is a song by Hillsong Worship “You Came to My Rescue.” Part of the song says “I called, You answered. You came to my rescue and I wanna be where You are.” It is a powerful song, with obviously a catchy tune based on scriptures.
Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; andwhile they are yet speaking, I will hear.Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great andmighty things, which you know not.Psalm 22:8 “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”Psalm 35:17 Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, My precious life from the lions.Psalm 136:24 And rescued us from our enemies, For His mercy endures forever;
I know God’s Word is true. I know this song resonates in my soul. Still there are some times in my life though, I might say “I called and God didn’t answer. God didn’t come to my rescue.” In the moment of my pain, that is a true statement. There are times in my life that I have had to walk though some really difficult circumstances where I really wanted God to intervene in my timing, AKA immediately.
And yet, I realize there is not a situation that I have called out to God for that I am still in now. His answer rarely looked like I wanted it to. His answers rarely came in the timing that I was looking for. Every time though, He did answer. Every time, He did rescue me.
Looking back, it is not in the answer or the rescue that my thought that “sometimes He doesn’t answer or rescue” comes from. When I get to that point, where I am really calling out to Him in desperation, I really just want Him to answer. I want Him to rescue me from whatever I am experiencing at the time. Yet rarely has my desire before I got to that moment been to “just be where He is.”
At those times I have really cried out, in desperation, needing the answer only He could bring; I rarely before had a cry in my heart to be where He was. I am not naïve enough to believe things can not go wrong when I am truly abiding with Him. However, I tend to have an inner strength that helps carry me through even the toughest times when I am sharing my burden with Him daily. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29-30 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I need to stay in the place where the cry of my heart is to be where God is. I won’t have to travel so far then when I need to call on Him. I will know that He is answering. I will know that He is rescuing me. I will know that regardless of what I am up against, I am right where I am suppose to be, in His presence, seeking His help. There may be something that I am suppose to be learning. There may be something that You are trying to work out in me or through me. It may be my own poor choices or the actions of others. Regardless of the purpose, I will be where You are.