During the cold, snowy months, my gelding, Frank, does not get out of the corral very often. Once in awhile, though, I deliberately leave the gate open when I go in to feed and clean. When I do, Frank is quick to take advantage of the opportunity and sneak out of the gate. He thinks that I don’t know, but of course, I left the gate open so that he could go out.
Once he is out, he loves to trot up to the top of the hill where the driveway begins and then wheel about and race from the top all the way to the bottom and around the circle at the end. What an incredibly beautiful sight he is as he gallops. His head is up and back, nostrils flared, ears pricked, mane flying, and tail flashing up and out behind him. Since he is white with a streaky black dappled pattern, he appears as one with the brilliance of the snow, the dark evergreens, and the ice fog that so often accompanies the frigid temperatures. This freedom to almost fly across the landscape is not only a joy to him, but also to me, the spectator.
So, as I read the following Scripture verse, I could not help but think what a wondrous word picture it paints:
“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.”(Deuteronomy 33:26 NLT)
This is a sight to gladden the heart of anyone who is experiencing heartache, uncertainty, trouble, discouragement, or loss. We are not alone. We are not abandoned within our situation. God is always watching and waiting and prepared to ride to our rescue, and not just in any old way, but in majestic splendour, in a way that cannot be denied or mistaken as being anyone else but God Himself Who has come to our aid.
So, today, if for any reason you are feeling in need of help, be encouraged as you take time to picture this beautiful verse in your mind. Indeed, as you call out to Him, be assured that He is coming. He is riding across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendour. He will see you through whatever you are going through. He will bring you out on the other side. It may not be instantaneous or even quickly. Some rescues take more time and different routes than others. But in the end, God always prevails in regard to helping His people.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for this wonderful word picture presented to us in Scripture and for the truth that it reveals. You are the God Who hears, helps, and comes to the rescue of Your people. For this, we are truly thankful. May the hearts of those who are struggling today be lifted up, as by faith, they embrace this truth. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
Lynne Phipps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada