Confessions of a Damsel: Part 1: the Rescue

I used to think that I was the hero of my story. Then as I got older, I learned that we are actually supporting characters in the larger story the God is telling, so then I starting thinking of myself as the funny sidekick who gets into trouble. Now I know that the reality of it is that I am the damsel in distress. I am the object of rescue, we all are.

This is hard for me to swallow sometimes. I am a 6’1”, 260 pound, martial artist and yet I am powerless to save myself. Basically we are all just Daphne from Scooby Doo, every week we get lost or captured and God has to find and rescue us.

I love Psalm 121, it is a really beautiful picture of this idea of rescue: “1I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore”.

Think about it. Imagine you are the princess; you are the object of rescue. You are in a high tower of a strong fortress; your chamber has only one window which you look out of at every opportunity. You lift your eyes up, up to the mountains. “Where does my help come from”. Now this isn’t some Disney “someday my prince will come” bullcrap; this is a frantic “tomorrow their going to hack my head my head off and the headsman is stone drunk and the axe is blunt; somebody better be coming” primal scream.

Then the realization hits, “my help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth”. As you read the through the description of God in this psalm, you realize that this is the resume of a serious badass. “He will neither slumber nor sleep… He will keep you from all harm… The Lord will watch over you both now and forever more”. This is guy the I want rescuing me.

Stay tuned for part 2: when damsels attack.

Zondervan (2011-01-09). Holy Bible (NIV) (p. 564). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Zondervan (2011-01-09). Holy Bible (NIV) (p. 564). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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