Seven weeks ago while Brad and Wilson were at camp, we met friends at their neighborhood pool for a cook-out. The kids swam while the food was cooking. We all got out out of the pool to eat, the little dudes needed their puddle jumpers taken off because they couldn't get their hot dogs to their mouths otherwise. Lincoln finished eating first and forgot that he didn't have his puddle jumper on -- he jumped in without it. My friend Amber saw him go in and jumped in just after him. I turned around to see the last few seconds before she grabbed him. In reality, it was less than a 30-second incident; it did shake us up a good bit though.
We talked about never jumping into the pool without a puddle jumper on. Lincoln got right back in the pool -- with his puddle jumper on -- and swam around as if nothing happened.
But a week or so ago, he saw something on TV that reminded him. And he said, "when I was in Miss Amber's pool and I was drowning, you didn't come get me." I was so surprised that he brought this up after five weeks had passed, and the way he stated it caught me off guard. I replied, "I know, honey, but Miss Amber got you right away, didn't she?" And he sadly whispered, "why didn't you come get me?" My heart was breaking. He was tearful. We went back and forth on this a bit and then I realized something -- Lincoln could see me the whole time. He couldn't see Amber because she was behind him. He called out for me. By the time I heard him and turned around, I could see Amber on her way in to the pool. The whole event was less than a minute, likely less than 30 seconds. I turned toward him, screamed his name, and moved toward the pool as Amber grabbed him. I don't know how long he saw me before I turned around. I can only imagine what it looked like from his perspective as he went under the water and saw me standing there.
I tried to explain that I could see Miss Amber coming for him, that I knew she was on her way. But it didn't matter to him. He was devastated that I didn't come get him. As we discussed it, he hit my arm a few times emphatically puncuating his questions, "why didn't you come?" "why didn't you get me?" It was all I could do to hold back my own tears. I assured him over and over that I could see what he couldn't see. My words didn't seem to offer much comfort, so I just snuggled him close. I asked him if he wanted to talk to daddy about it and he shook his head no as he cried into my shoulder for a good long time. I held him tight. I kissed his head. I felt his little heartbreak down deep.
I am still reeling from that conversation with my precious boy. I struggled with whether or not it was a story to share. I hurt for Lincoln's heart that was so puzzled because I didn't come to his rescue. So I find myself praying that Jesus would reassure his little heart. I am asking God to make his heart brave, and fearless and certain; that if someday Lincoln finds himself in a mess and can't see me coming, that he would always know the Rescue is on its way. In a way, I am praying God would do the same for my heart too. And yours.
Many of us have been in those deep waters. And we've looked for the rescue to come. We can't see the bigger picture, we just see the part where we thought we'd be pulled from the depths. And we wonder why it isn't happening the way we thought it would. Sometimes its a small thing and we shake it off, and say, "well God has His reasons" and move on. Other times, its hard to even breath, hard to even have complete thoughts, harder still to try and whisper prayers asking God to come rescue us -- begging Him to pull us through. So I decided to share this story for you, my friends, in those depths today. I am telling you that Rescue is coming. It may not come the way you are hoping and it may take longer than you would like, but I promise you that Rescue is coming. Our Savior sees you and knows every detail, He is with you always. Even in your biggest mess, even if you've made the mess yourself. He will never leave you. He will lift you up. You will not always flounder, your weariness will one day subside. He will restore you. Hold firm, dear one, Rescue is coming. If you cannot see it from where you are, I pray you believe me when I say I can see the Rescue coming.
"Israel, The Lord who created you says, "Do not be afraid - I will save you. I have called you by name - you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you." Isaiah 43:1-2 GNT