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What is a Rescuer?

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Rescuing is defined as (1) saving someone from danger or distress, (2) to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger or evil, and (3) to take a person {a prisoner} forcibly from custody. Synonyms include liberate, redeem, ransom, extricate, recover, reclaim, and disentangle.

We all know what it means to rescue. I mean, hey, we watch TV and movies. Secret undercover agents, navy seals and firemen.  Damsels in distress, people floating on rafts and baby kittens. Has the idea of Rescuing become something we attribute to certain jobs? Are big strong men the only ones capable of rescue? While there may be many big strong men rescuers out there (and thank goodness for them) that is an extremely limited view of a Rescuer.

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord
raised up a rescuer to save them.”  
Judges 3:9

God is in the business of Raising Rescuers up to save others.

1) Rescuers are proactive, not merely reactive. Sometimes we’re just in the right place at the right time. But somehow, Rescuers are the type who always seem to be in the right place at the right time. Or rather, they are always prepared to Rescue at any time. Rescuers go through life thinking “what can I do?” “how can I help?” and “here I am, send me!” Being in reaction mode can be dangerous because, let’s face it, people always seem to need help at the most inopportune times. A Rescuer operates with the idea in the back of their mind that, at any time, they might be needed to step in and help. Then, when opportunities arise, they are ready and willing not begrudging and complaining. Attitude goes a long way.

2) Rescuers have small comfort zones.Adults going on mission trips (often now, not always) spend half the trip trying to get over the fact they don’t have indoor plumbing, can’t check their email and are having to eat weird food. What if our comfort zones were small enough that we would be comfortable far from home? What if we had grown up being used to stepping outside our environments, speaking the Good News and not being afraid to dive in to unfamiliar territories if it meant shining a light in a dark place. It is harder to be effective in rescue situations if we jump into the fray and need to be rescued ourselves. Rescuers are those who can be themselves anywhere, who can still operate without freezing in dangerous situations and who are secure in Jesus Christ so they can bring safety to others.

3) Rescuers are in good shape {mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically}. No one is perfect and if we waited until we were in perfect condition to help others, no one would ever get rescued. However, if we are in bad shape then we’ll find it extremely difficult to find the energy, enthusiasm or resources to rescue others. Some areas of our lives may be out of our control (as is health, to a certain extent) but Rescuers make it a point to be ready for battle at any time. Rescuers attempt to stay in shape spiritually by exercising their spiritual muscles through a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. They attempt to stay in shape emotionally by adopting healthy thought patterns, receiving counselling for past hurts and finding good support networks. They stay in shape mentally by being knowledgeable of practical ways they can help others in need, by learning and studying God’s Word and by having fellowship with others. They stay in shape physically by valuing their health, fitness and nutrition at least to the extent that their health does not deter them from service.

4) Rescuers are courageous and fierce yet gentle and loving. Most of our personalities tend towards aggression or passivity. We are probably better at being gentle or better at being assertive. Rescuers know that balance is required. A rescue mission may require decisive action, courage and strength. Immediately afterwards, the person rescued might need compassion, empathy and nurture. Rescuers are able to respond to people and love them appropriately in many situations. Sometimes a hug is needed or they just want a listener. Other times a Rescuer may need to bring a word of correction, guidance or admonishment. A rescuer is not only someone who saves a person from general danger, but can be one who saves others from themselves as well.

5) Rescuers are willing to go into the dark and dirty places, and they don’t do it for recognition. It is easier to write a check and say a quick prayer for those in trouble than to jump in and get our hands dirty. Rescuers can just as easily write a check as they can jump in and do what needs to be done themselves. If their skills are best used at the front, they don’t mind going to the front lines. If their skills are best served behind the scenes, they will do that as well. A Rescuer doesn’t need to know they’ll be recognised to participate. In fact, many Rescuers prefer to remain as anonymous as possible. Eating dinner with prostitutes and tax collectors wouldn’t have happened in the temple, but Jesus wasn’t afraid to go to areas that any “respectable” person wouldn’t frequent. In fact, Rescuers know that the down and dirty places are often where you will find people who admit their need for a Savior. The high-end shopping centre and fancy restaurants usually are not.

No one is perfect. No one, that is, except Jesus Christ. Luckily, we have Him on our side to save us, love us, make us more like Him, and train us to be Rescuers. We don’t need to be perfect to be a Rescuer. We don’t need to pretend we’re doing great to others when we are not. How will others know to rescue us if we pretend we’re not in danger? We will all go through stages where we need help. We will all go through stages where we are ready and able to help others.

We grown-up Rescuers are still learning how to be effective Light Bearers in the dark world around us. Some of us have been raised in Christian homes and some of us are new to the faith. Some have been raised fulfilling the Great Commission and some of us aren’t yet familiar with it (Matthew 28).  There is never condemnation for where we are at, but simply encouragement and hope for where we are going. We needn’t be perfect, we needn’t be gifted evangelists and neither should we shy away from our calling because we think we have nothing to offer. God has lovingly created you with good things in mind for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Embrace your gifts, talents and passions. If you aren’t sure you are gifted then ask those around you to help shine a light on the treasures that you hold.

Being a Rescuer is not about being a superhero or the leader of the biggest ministry, small group or neighborhood watch. Being a Rescuer is a condition of the heart. A heart that says, “God, send me. Let me make a difference. Let me shine Your light. Let me bring glory to Your name.” Anyone can do it. Anyone, that is, who wants to put in the effort.

Let’s figure out this Rescuing thing. Let’s do it together.

A Mother Far from Home

PS – Wait to know how to Raise Rescuers? Then head back over here Wednesday !

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