Gale-force winds and rain lashed the house most of the night. The dawn came with a dull grayness that you would expect, however even with the rain abating for the moment, the winds continue to blow and shake every tree in its path. During the night, I was sure I felt a shudder from the house and the sound of breaking glass. My mind always drifts to people caught out in the elements, especially those at sea. I can only begin to sense their fear and imagine the danger to even the experienced sailor. I never stop there, I always come to rest on those willing to risk their lives to save another, regardless of their values, material worth, or life history. These are real heroes!
Paul's mind drifted to similar people in his letter. “They once put their lives on the live for me. And I'm not the only one grateful to them.” (Romans 16.2)
What is it that makes one person risk their life for another, even when they have no connection to them in any way? Is there something that drives people to risk everything for others, especially when it is a consistent response?
As I reflect on the metaphors that stormy days bring, I find many parallels in God's relationship with you and me. God's did not base his decision to risk all on the worth of any individual. The thought process of God, I'm sure, included a complete assessment of the danger involved, however the factors did not change his focus and intent. God did what he did because he was and is God. His very character dictated to himself that he must do what he did. Because of this, we have the change for rescue.
Having God rescue one's self is awesome! Everything in life changes. I view people differently. I measure another's worth in new ways. I now know what constitutes real “winning”!
I also understand my potential role with others. I want to be just like God, always available to help another on the journey. Come with me.