There are times when we need rescuing. When life becomes overwhelming and the normal resources we need to cope are depleted.
This free print for you and two to give away is a reminder of God reaching into the depths and drawing us out from the ‘no hope’ drowning sensation many of us have found ourselves in.
These free prints come with a short explanation and blessing on the back. They’re based on a painting originally created using acrylic paints and gold leaf.
The prints measures 10cm by 21cm.
The promise is simple: ‘He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. Psalm 18.16.
I’m amazed as to the timing of this free print offer as I’ve had a week when I’ve needed rescuing. Badly. I had lost my normal bouncy resources of hope.
I had arranged for them to be printed and planned to make them available at the end of April/ beginning of May. The timing for me needing rescuing has been astonishing. Let me try and explain as best I can...
My elderly, but always active mum, was rushed into hospital. It turned out she had sepsis and at one point we had lost hope.
While the family know of the eternal hope we have in Jesus, it felt like we had come to the end of any natural hope. It was at this lowest point I searched for the seedling potatoes that I had promised I would plant in my mums garden ready for a harvest in 6 months time. I had been meaning to plant them for a couple of weeks. I searched everywhere for over an hour around her home. But couldn’t find them to plant. Ruth my wife then found them in under 5 minutes!
I dug them deep into the soil as a symbol of hope. I even spoke to her in a coma over a video call when she was in intensive care and said that I had planted them and would look forward to eating the harvest with her!
To our utter amazement, while there had been no response from my mum from the coma, she came round. ‘My goodness, that was touch and go!’ the doctor declared when he came to see her.
While I write this I am somewhat in shock! It’s as if I have seen a resurrection from a no hope coma to a person being alive again! While I know death is the fate that each one of us eventually faces, to have my mum back for the time being is as if God has rescued me and my family and reached down from on high to us and lifted us from the deaths of no-hope.
My prayer is that you also find this God- characteristic of rescue to be true for you.
On the back of the print I have written:
’When you feel you have sunk low on the bottom of a sea, may you know the One who reaches down from on high to rescue, lifting you up. Where you have been in despair may you know Jesus who supports and loves you, holding you and bringing you to safety. Amen.’