Love that Rescues

May 27, 2019

I remember opening a cassette tape as a kid in 1996 and pulling out the lyrics sheet to learn the words as quickly as I could for Leann Rimes’ album “Blue.” My mom allowed me to play it in the car when it was just us so we could learn the songs together. That’s one of my favorite memories. I LOVED that album and I loved that my mom and I could share it together.

 

Music has such a power over us. It allows us to transcend time and space and remember good (and bad, unfortunately) events as if they were happening at that very moment. Almost every song I hear that I knew as a teenager means something to me. I relate some of them back to certain boys I dated or friends I had or maybe even the first time I heard the song and what I was doing. (Think Backstreet Boys here. I can still sing every word and can remember when those songs were directed at someone in particular.) As silly as all this sounds, I have a point.

 

For Christmas this year, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Lauren Daigle’s album “Look Up Child.” I was pretty excited to listen to her other songs because I liked “You Say,” which I discovered from a few of my students who were already fans of hers. As I was listening to it one day, I heard the words “I will send out an army to find you…” and it caught my attention. At first, I thought, Why is the song written in first person point of view? Who is the “I”? So, I kept listening to find out.

 

I couldn’t catch all the words the first time around, so, call me old school, but I had to take out the album jacket and learn them. The lyrics are from a song called “Rescue” and it’s number two on the album. The words are so powerful. I’ve found that it helps to read songs instead of singing them with the music to truly get the intended meaning. So, in case you haven’t heard the song, here it is:

 

You are not hidden

There’s never been a moment

You were forgotten

You are not hopeless

Though you have been broken

Your innocence stolen

 

I hear you whisper underneath your breath

I hear your SOS, your SOS

 

I will send out an army to find you

In the middle of the darkest night

It’s true, I will rescue you

 

There is no distance

That cannot be covered

Over and over

You’re not defenseless

I’ll be your shelter

I’ll be your armor

 

I hear you whisper underneath your breath

I hear your SOS, your SOS

 

I will send out an army to find you

In the middle of the darkest night

It’s true, I will rescue you

I will never stop marching to reach you

In the middle of the hardest fight

It’s true, I will rescue you

 

I hear you whisper underneath your breath

I hear you whisper, you have nothing left

 

I will send out an army to find you

In the middle of the darkest night

It’s true, I will rescue you

I will never stop marching to reach you

In the middle of the hardest fight

It’s true, I will rescue you

 

Oh, I will rescue you

 

What was the artist really trying to say? If we view it as a poem, which is ultimately what a song is, we can figure out this much. The speaker of Daigle’s song is Jesus. He is reminding us that no matter where we are or what we’re going through, he is still there for us. There has never been nor ever will be a moment when you and I have been forgotten completely, even when it feels like no one cares. Even when it feels like your back is against the wall. Even when your world is crumbling around you. He will rescue us from anything and everything. All we have to do is call on His name.

 

But how do I know this is true? It seems almost romanticized, doesn’t it? Sounds like knight-in-shining-armor-ish even. But there is proof.

 

In the Bible, Jesus was confronted by Satan in the desert in Matthew chapter 4. Satan knew the Word of God well enough to quote it, so he did, saying in verse 6, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you.’” All you have to do is call upon His name and he will send legions of angels to protect you. Then, in 2 Kings 6:15-17, it says, “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those that are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Talk about sending an army! Jesus was teaching and he used a parable in Matthew 18, in which he describes a man as having 100 sheep. He says that if one of the sheep went astray, he would leave the ninety-nine behind to find the lost one. Lastly, take a few minutes and read Psalm 91. (Click here for it.) See, He’s our “refuge and fortress” (verse 2) and He will cover us “with his feathers and under his wings” (verse 4). Notice also that this is the passage Satan uses to tempt Jesus (verse 11).

 

How else do I know this is true? (WARNING: The rest of this article almost destroyed my computer because of the many tears shed while writing it. Please use caution. It is also extremely personal information, which I rarely share with people, but I thought the Lord would want me to share it. It's time for us to all stop acting like the perfect, happy posts on social media are our real lives and start being honest so the Lord can work through us. And that change starts with me.)

 

There was a time not long ago when I was needing rescuing. I needed someone to find me in the middle of the “darkest night” and to “never stop marching” to get to me. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since December. In January, I thought I was pregnant and got my hopes up, but after taking a pregnancy test, I realized I wasn’t. I felt devastated. I just wanted to curl up and cry all night. It was complicated to explain to my husband, Nate, that it wasn’t about feeling incomplete because I love him and my 3-year-old, Jude, more than anything in the world. I don’t feel like I’m missing something. It’s just a feeling of inadequacy maybe. I want another baby. I had no idea I’d want another baby; I didn’t even know I would want a first baby. But now that I know what absolute joy they can bring to my life and what a blessing and gift they can be from God himself, I want another one. But I felt like I couldn’t.

 

I was distraught. I called in sick to work. I slept in. I watched meaningless TV. Finally, I got in the shower, turned on Lauren Daigle’s album, and wept. It was one of those serious, big tears, ugly crying face I’m sure kind of cries. Number two was playing on repeat in my head and I just sang and cried and sang and cried. This was my SOS. I needed rescuing. Jesus didn’t disappoint. I felt a still small voice whisper that it’s going to be okay, that it will happen in His perfect timing. I was finally able to stop crying and start smiling a bit. That didn’t mean the road has been easy and every time I’ve taken a pregnancy test since and it’s been negative, I still feel a small twinge of disappointment, but I believe what He whispered to me that day.

 

I’m not pregnant yet. This isn’t my cool way of announcing that I’m having another baby. But I know that it will happen because my God is faithful. I was rescued that day, thanks to that song, but even more so thanks to my Jesus, who leaves the 99 sheep behind to find me, who loves me enough to send out an army in my defense, who hears even my whispers. We should start thinking of God as that—our rescuer, our defender, someone who will never leave us. That kind of love—the love that rescues—is the type of love that will change the world. Let’s help people get a hold of it. Let’s show love so people can see God’s love. Let’s share our times when Jesus has rescued us from our “darkest nights” and our “hardest fights.” The world must know that God is good and what He does for His followers.

 

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