I do remember darkness, how it snaked
through the alders, their ashen flanks
in our high-beams the color of stone.
That hollow slap as floodwater hit
the sides of the car. Was the radio on?
Had I been asleep?
Sometimes you have to tell a story
your entire life to get it right.
Twenty-two and terrified, I had married you
but barely knew you. And for forty years
I’ve told this story wrong. In my memory
you drove right through it, the river
already rising on the road behind us,
no turning around.
But since your illness I recall it
differently. Now that I know it’s possible
to lose you, I’m finally remembering
it right. That night,
you threw that car in reverse,
and gunned it. You found us
another way home.
~Emily Ransdell, “Everywhere a River,” from New Letters
When life gets scary, we long for rescue as the world threatens to overwhelm us. And eventually it is true, this world will overwhelm us, and we’ll wonder how we will escape.
Where does our help come from?
It doesn’t always come from the direction we expect. Most often, we keep staring ahead, hoping somehow salvation lies just around the corner.
But salvation has been behind us all the while. We were created saved but need to believe it, live it out, share it with anyone open to listen.
We all need to trust in the Rescuer when we are stuck and flooded with life. It takes courage, faith and grace to be led home, either straight ahead or back the way we came.
Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer 1:
|Q.||What is your only comfort in life and death?|
|A.||That I am not my own, 1|
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death,
2to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
3He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
4and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.
5He also preserves me in such a way
6that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head;
7indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation.
8Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life
9and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him
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