Rescued!








Everybody likes the thought of being safe.  Who wants to be left out in the cold?  Not me.  That’s why I tacked Psalm 59:16 to a winter photo and shared it on my Facebook page.

But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.

An unusual cold air mass came through our part of the state a few weeks ago when I posted that photo.  My friend, Peggy, left a comment of how God specifically rescued her the cold night before giving muscle power to my photo creation of Scripture and snow!

Peggy drove to Sedona to have dinner with friends despite the cold front and dipping temperatures.  At about 8:00 p.m. she noticed a problem with her car on the drive back home on that dark, main highway.  The red dashboard lights came on and her vehicle overheated.  Peggy pulled over to the side of the road and called AAA.   She writes:  “My hands were so cold and shaking that I had a hard time reading my membership numbers to the AAA Representative.  Forty-five minutes later, a lady tow truck driver came to tow my car home.”

Peggy and the lady driver became fast friends.  Peggy easily shares her faith and reports that the driver accepted her invitation to come to a church service with her.


I shiver to myself when I think of Peggy sitting in her cold car for 45 minutes probably thinking that at any minute help will arrive.   I shiver in my spirit, too, when I think of her new friend’s openness to Jesus.  And then I wonder who rescued who?  Did the driver rescue Peggy or did Peggy rescue the driver?  The truth is, God rescued both because He is our refuge, a place of safety when we’re in distress!

This story brings back the many times God bailed me out of trouble. Like Peggy, I know Him as my refuge.  How many times has He rescued you?  Let’s give Him all the praise!



Comments

  1. Amen that God is our refuge!! I can't list all the times God bailed me or my family out of trouble; just so many of them!! Hubby and me were just talking last night about how faithful God has always been to us :)

    betty

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    1. I bet your conversation with your husband turned into a praise-fest. Betty! Love it.

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  2. There are certain point in our life that we encounter failure but it doesn't mean you will lose hope and give up everything but it only means that every failure there's an exchange and that is new beginning. Well, thank you for sharing your article and keep on posting. Visit my site too for more information.

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    1. Jesus gives us so much hope and turns the whole situation around! God bless!

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  3. Oh, dear friend! He has rescued me more times than I count...or even remember. I have failed Him so miserably and had to call upon Him to come bail me out so many times, but the thing is, He never throws up the past to me...each time, it is like it is His first time coming to my rescue! Thank you for sharing this story...I truly hope the lady goes to church with your friend and finds her way to Jesus' arms. God bless you, sweet Mary!

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    1. No, He never throws up the past. Love that - so divine. Hugs to you, Cheryl.

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  4. over, and over again God has rescued me. I give Him all the praise.

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    1. He really has rescued you bunches, Neecey. Big shouts of praise!

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  5. What a wonderful testimony. Sometimes, it seems God allows things to happen that can be uncomfortable or inconvenient for us but results in good for someone else. I can imagine the fear and discomfort your friend endured waiting for that tow truck. (I hope the car repair was something simple)

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    1. You're a sweetheart, Melanie, and Peggy was driving her car the next day after repairs. You make a great point and I hope to complain less in distress because God is doing other things with it all!

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  6. You share the best stories! Yes God has rescued me over and over! Many more times than I'm sure I am even aware of. He is our refugee to be sure!

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    1. Shouting Hallelujah for all the times He's bailed you out, sister. You're correct, we don't even know them all.

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  7. Hi Mary! What an incredible opportunity your friend had! I bet I would feel so cold and miserable I wouldn't even think to invite this lovely person to my church. That's using the grace that was given to full effect!

    Personally, I know of many times I have gotten upset about things that I never needed to. God had it under control and would tell me that. It was such a fight with my brain to settle down. He wanted to rescue me, and I would have to pry my fingers off my own ideas. He always helps. He always rescues!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. I'm sure every one of us can honestly say that we've reacted like that in distress and I appreciate your honesty. You make a great point. May we all use every speck of grace in these difficult situations.

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  8. Don't you love the word "refuge"? What comforting images it evokes!

    When I pause to consider How many times God has bailed me out ... how many second chances He granted (all with a straight face!) ... well, I'm seriously humbled. 'Reminds me of Kris Kristofferson's wonderful ballad, "Why Me?"

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    1. I love the word "refuge" too and looked it up in the thesaurus and had a lively praise meeting all by myself (well with Jesus too.)

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  9. Amen! Great post, great sharing and encouragement. He is our Saviour, He is our helper at all times.

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    1. I'm so encouraged by these comments, Nancy, and really needed the uplifting today!

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  10. I can't tell you the many times that God has rescued me - both physically and spiritually! Of course, we have to want to be rescued! Sometimes it's all too easy to become comfortable in our sins. God's rescue sometimes involves pain. But, in the end, we are rescued from the darkness and the cold, and driven to just where we belong!

    Great story!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. I thought long about your comment and pondered wanting the rescue. Jesus asked: "Do you want to be healed?" It's like a choice...misery and bad attitude or I'll take your hand, Lord, and trust you and we'll walk this thing together!!

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  11. That's a beautiful story. It's amazing how situations like this can lead to friendship and remind us of the goodness of God. He really is our Redeemer.

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    1. Yes, we really comprehend that in these kinds of situations!

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  12. Awesome story, Mary. God has rescued me more times than I can count. He even continuously rescues me from myself. I'm so grateful that He never leaves me out in the cold when I call unto him. BTW, that is a lot of snow!

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    1. He NEVER leaves us out in the cold. What a rescuer He is!

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  13. Wonderful story. No coincidences in God's world... or ours. Chance meeting? No way. Thanks for sharing and being part of the story by that post that started in the heart where our Father resides.

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    1. God created everything so He's orchestrating every move and how blessed we are to know that about Him, Floyd.

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  14. What a wonderful story! It is amazing the situations that the Lord will allow us into, to spread the gospel! Praise God for the word that went forth to a hungry heart in a difficult moment! And I love the picture and verse you chose with it!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing such a beautiful comment!

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  15. Oh yes He has rescued me so many times! But I praise Him the most for rescuing me from the pits of HELL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. Wow...so wonderful for Peggy to share her faith with the lady driver. And invite her to church. We never know where we can light for someone. They were both lights for each other. And, yes, God is always in the centre of it all!

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    1. Peggy's breathes evangelism; she makes it look so easy!

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  17. I understood a lot you were sharing and how things were going. Reality strikes again. AND I'm a Psalms person much of the time. The Lord has me read and re-read and re-read again many times. [NOW He's putting me into the Revelation again for a few times to re-read that. Whatever He says is what I need to do.] Thank you again for sharing and thank you for writing on my blog piece. You are a blessing.

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    1. The Psalms are comforting! They fit everyone perfectly.

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  18. Oh I love this question that you pose, "Did the driver rescue Peggy or did Peggy rescue the driver?" What a gift your friend has in reaching out to people, even in the cold of night! Such an encouragement to read that no matter the situation, God can use us to reach people.

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    1. He's our creator and His ways are many, that's for sure!

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  19. I love this story about Peggy and who rescued who? Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a True Story.

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    1. Never a dull moment with Peggy around. She has a full life and Jesus is a constant part of it!

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  20. Who rescued who? Great question, Mary! This story is a great one to show that we all give and get in every situation. It's rarely just one or the other. Praise be to God!

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    1. Yeah, it's a great exchange that way! Praising God with you.

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