Several years back, Bill and I visited Kenya with our program manager to check on a project. We attended many meetings to prepare the strategic plans for the work. The rainy season had begun, so road conditions were awful. We needed to visit a rural village to pick up some items. As our vehicle drove down one of the narrow paths, I noticed the mud getting deeper and deeper. My heart raced, and my hands felt clammy as the car continued to bounce along the rugged trail. Soon, the tires began to spin and spin. We found ourselves stuck in the middle of nowhere. The isolated area provided no cell service and was miles from the nearest anything. I felt alone in a desolate part of Kenya. We got out of the truck and evaluated the situation, and it appeared dire. I quickly realized my AAA service would not come to my rescue here.
After a while, I noticed a man walking towards us and my heart lightened. He stared at the wazungu (Swahili for white people) stuck in the mud. He disappeared as quickly as he appeared and a feeling of defeat swept over me. The three of us sat down in a dry grassy area to try to figure out what to do. With only three of us, we had no good options for splitting up to get help since any plan would require someone to be alone in the Kenyan bush. We prayed for God to rescue us.
Psalm 22:21: “Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.”
More time passed when I detected a rustling in some bushes down the lane. My heart pounded as visions of lions popped into my head. But then, the man I had seen earlier stepped into the light. Then I noticed several other men behind him. I felt nervous as the approached us. They gathered around the vehicle and motioned for one of us to get behind the wheel. The men all started pushing. Bill and I quickly jumped in to help. I sank to my ankles in the muck but continued to shove as hard as possible. It took a while, but finally, the little truck was freed from its mud shackles. We cheered and hooted with our rescuers. I offered thanks to God for sending these strangers to help.
How often is life like this story? We cruise through life while everything is going well. Suddenly, a mud puddle of sin ensnares us, and now we are stuck. Feeling alone and abandoned, we wrestle with the situation. Who will come to the rescue? Where should we turn for help? We push and pull against the weight of the sin, but nothing moves. Fear anchors us to the spot as the tires spin and spin. More sins lurk in the bushes around us and threaten to submerge us even deeper.
2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Just like this story, God is only a prayer away. He is able to rescue us from any circumstances. Jesus is better than AAA. Throughout the Bible, we see examples of God’s deliverance. David asks God to save him in Psalm 71:4 “Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.” God promises to hear our cries for help, and He will answer them. We just need to reach out to Him in faith, and He will be there to help. He is only a breathe prayer away. Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”
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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”