Once Upon A Time There Was A Knight

Within the heart of every woman lies the desire to be rescued by a prince in shining armor.  This can be traced to our childhood fairy-tales, but as we grow life takes hold of us and our hearts become hardened to the idea that we need someone to rescue us and be our safe place because even though we hope for rescue, it’s in vain. So we cultivate self-sufficiency and search for ways to rescue ourselves because life has taught us that there is no such thing as prince charming riding into save.

But this longing for rescue rises up throughout our lives and build the walls of independence around our hearts or search for it in our friends, our family, our husbands, our kids, our jobs, our identity, our strength, and yes, even our independence.

We have expectations of our husbands that they cannot fulfill because they are in their own battle of flesh and spirit. We destine our husbands to fail us when we place those kinds of expectations on their shoulders. We do our marriages a disservice when we do this.

I thought that becoming a mother would rescue me, but instead of the children rescuing me, they needed rescuing from the depths of a selfish heart. Children are God’s gift to us to steward to send out into a society to affect it for the good. He did not design children to be our rescue and when we expect a child to be our rescue, we place an inordinate amount of pressure on that child.

Our families, jobs, ministry, or identity cannot be our knights in shining armor. This longing for rescue is placed in our hearts by a holy God for a specific purpose and we cheapen this God-given desire when we look for rescue in any other place except him.

There is but one prince for us and that is God himself. The longing for rescue was placed in our hearts because he wanted us to understand and relay a part of his nature to the world. But maybe you can’t picture God rescuing you. Maybe you can’t quite picture that God is your knight in shining armor because your life looks like a nightmare rather than a fairy-tale.

Choices are made that bring consequences to our lives and sometimes the road we walk is simply hard. It could be chronic sickness, it could be that you’ve given your life to Christ, but your husband has not. It could be that your kids have left the foundation you provided for them or it could be that daily you struggle with doubting that God is essentially good and kind. He is kind. If I could only convey that. His kindness is like his love. The more you discover the depths of his love, the more you see how much he loves you and the same is true with his kindness. His lovingkindness.

Your prince in shining armor does come to rescue you and we see the beauty of it in Psalm 18:7-16. God makes a dramatic entrance. A magnificent lightning storm announces his presence and the earth shakes while he rides the wind and uses darkness as his covering. He gives the battle cry as he attacks the very thing which causes us distress and reaches down to grasp our open hand and draws us out of the depths. I have experienced this time and time again, but the most vivid memory is when he drew me out of a deep place of emotional numbness after the birth of my third child.

This is the type of rescue that our knight in shining armor offers us. A dramatic entrance into our circumstances and a grasp up and into a spacious place. Sometimes our happily ever after doesn’t come in a change of our circumstances but in embracing deep within us that no matter what we face or live through that God is always and forever for us continually showing us his love and kindness.

This is the best kind of rescue, not from a ‘once upon a time’ knight, but a ‘right now’ kind of knight. God is his name.

Jessica Van Roekel
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Jessica Van Roekel

Jessica Van Roekel is a woman on the journey to wholeness through brokenness. She believes that through Christ our personal histories don’t have to define our present or determine our future. Her greatest desire is to see people live this ‘God-life’ with all the power and grace that God provides. Jessica lives in a rural community with her husband and four children. She leads worship on Sundays, but seeks to be a worshiper every day. You can connect with her at www.welcomegrace.com and on Facebook.
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