Saturday, August 20, 2022

“May Yahweh answer you in a day of trouble; may the name of Jacob’s God protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion. May He remember all your offerings and accept your burnt offering. Selah. May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.”

Psalms 20:1-5 HCSB

A number of years ago my husband and I were hiking in the Davis mountains. We’d no sooner reached our peak and taken our victory photo when we began the grueling descent. I stepped down onto a rock that moved, snapping my ankle, sending me tumbling forward onto the ledge below. Unable to stand up, I scooted to a place where I could sit while we used another’s phone to call for help.

The park ranger warned it could take hours to get there. The waiting game began.

The ledge upon which I sat during the wait afforded a spectacular view of the hills below on that sunny day. A giddy excitement bubbled up inside me as I waited expectantly for what God was going to do to rescue me. We’d been watching large group of hikers for some time as they slowly made their way up the mountain. Much to our surprise they were from a wilderness rescue training program and had just finished their training! The leaders quickly assessed my ankle, taped it for stability, gave me water and Advil. Soon thereafter, the park ranger arrived with a portable stretcher, and the trek began with 6-8 high school boys carrying me down the mountain in a harrowing descent. Others helped along the way, supplying water and moving rocks out of the narrow path. Eventually, I was able to tolerate some weight and could hobble down the rest of the way with assistance. It took a village to get to the bottom, and it was an amazing victory for our God.

While not all answers and rescues are this dramatic, we can wait expectantly for His result. He will deliver you in due time. 🚦

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