“Alas, who would hear their cries? In the bottom of the old mine shaft they yelled for help hundreds of feet below the surface with air running thin, but then all at once the walls start shaking, rocks started rolling and the Man of Steel burst forth through the rubble to save all who were seemingly without hope.”
“There had been no harder year for this family. It was a year that found its likeness with tales of Homer, Job and Sisyphus. Husband and wife stood looking with hopeless desperation ready to ring the final bell on their dreams but then with the simplest, smallest knock on their door there stood a community of unexpected champions ready to usher new life into their home.”
These stories are fictional but our stories are very real. The pain and hopelessness that undercuts and undermines the manufactured joy in our voice is all to real. The sun in our days seems to be on the holiday that we so desperately desire. Our emptiness is only magnified by the great clutter, confusion and possessions that stand constantly evaluating our worth. This must be how it ends because there seems to be no hope, no escape, no rescue. Our stories don’t have a fairy-tale endings or caped heroes.
I will tell you that these are three words that have drastically shaped my life. These three words are found all throughout scripture being used at the breaking point of so many peoples’ stories. These are words of intervention, incarnation, and action. These words are the tangible expression of God’s love for humanity. When we read these words in scripture or hear these words in the prophetic, we know that God is coming and has come. Ephesians 2:3-5 is a great testimony to this. Paul writes,
“All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy and he loved us so much that even though were were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” (emphasis added)
Right when all the odds stand against us, the fingers are justly pointed in our direction, and there seems to be no back door, “But God” burst forth comes to bring hope, rescue, and salvation! Whether you are at the end of your rope, have settled into comfortable complacency, or living high on the hog please believe that our attempts to create our own rescue, hope or salvation ends in destruction, but the Lord is near, here and moving when we call upon his name. That’s no fairy-tale ending, it’s truth for the faithful.