I first saw this picture at my son and daughter-in-law’s home. The story it painted drew me in and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It spoke of such tenderness and beauty, but mostly rescue.
You see, I have had to be rescued from certain things in my life. Things that I had no control of and things I did. But Christ in His mercy sought after me and rescued me. I am that lamb laying across His shoulders. The one He searched for and found and brought to safety. My life was like a blazing fire and Christ ran into the flames, found me and carried me out of the danger and into calmness.
And He continues to show His love and mercy to me even in these terribly difficult days during quarantine; where the fear is now amplified and the worry has widened. We can still trust Him through this struggle we are all facing…He has not left us and He hears our cries. He is asking you, “What do you need to be rescued from?” Is it your overwhelming anxiety? Is your patience obsolete? Are you struggling to release your own will to God?
Take a deep breath. Find some solitude…look hard it’s there. Keep breathing…start praying…Lord have mercy, Lord, give me strength, Lord I need you. Say these or other calls for help to Jesus. Believe that Christ is your merciful and compassionate Shepherd. He is right next to you and hears you. He will lead you to a place of calmness. He wants to give you HIs peace. Make pursuing peace your goal..for He is Peace.
Below is my prayer taken from Psalm 23. This is my desire…the journey that I am on. I haven’t arrived there yet, but each day I try and move forward.
He is my Shepherd, I want only Him. He leads me in peace so I can be healed. He guides me into uprightness to bring Him glory. He is beside me in darkness and evil; I will not fear for He protects and comforts me through it. His grace and mercy is ever before me. I will trust Him and dwell in His love all my days.
I pray you begin to realize that Christ has come to rescue you and give you a peace you have never known. Read Psalm 23 daily and know that He will do these things for you because his compassion and love run so very deep, in fact, they are endless. Trust Him through this.