S.O.S. has become the acronym for “save our souls” or “save our ship”. The letters weren’t supposed to stand for anything and ships used to use numerous amounts of other three letters combinations to give off the same message. SOS is just the easiest to remember.
I’ve been jamming to the tunes of Lauren Daigle and Elevation Worships new album recently. I came across the songs Rescue and Here Again. My heart has been recklessly stirred by both songs.
At one end I’m asking God to rescue me out of the muck of life or in the situations I’m in when things get rough or don’t go my way. I feel like in all of our lives when things get hard, we want out. We can’t place the blame on ourselves so we put it on others or other things. We don’t want to feel uncomfortable for whatever life brings us. I’ll be the first to say that there’s many times where I’ve just told myself or my wife that I want out. I don’t want to be in this mess or I don’t want to feel uncomfortable but then I remember distinctively asking God to make me uncomfortable…oh how I’ve regretted that at times but in every instance I’m thankful for God’s mission in my life.
Lately I’ve been reading the book of Daniel. I feel like many of the Kings in this book were wanting this rescue because they too felt uncomfortable and unwilling to live this way. Daniel was God’s mouthpiece in this book to tell the Gentile and Jewish world of God’s current and future plans. Daniel was thrown into exile, he was then thrown into a lions den and then given several dreams to interpret. This morning when I woke up I read Daniel 7. I was excited to be up and in the word. I then read the dream Daniel had about the four beasts. I felt so uncomfortable reading it. It felt scary. I then proceeded to close my Bible and reassured myself that I can’t end my reading for today on that chapter. If I’m feeling uncomfortable, then what must Daniel have been feeling seeing everything he could possibly see within the dream the Lord gave him. It had to have just terrified him, in fact it did!
There is then the other end of the spectrum where I’m feeling like my S.O.S call is out of my own sinful nature. My selfishness, my constant anger, my pride, and just anything that gets in the way of me being in a closer relationship with Jesus. I’m realizing that this end is probably what I’m feeling most of the time and somehow connect to the first S.O.S call. Everything that’s stopping me from getting God is causing me to feel lost and hopeless. And when all feels hopeless I’m soaking in the lyrics of Here Again
“Can’t go back to the beginning
Can’t control what tomorrow will bring
But I know here in the middle
Is the place where you promise to be.
I’m not enough unless you come
Will you meet me here again”
I’m constantly finding myself on that abandoned raft asking God where are you!? There’s a bigger purpose though, a bigger plan and God is telling us that. We just have to be willing to listen and to trust. I feel like God’s asking us so many times do we trust Him? God is always willing to rescue us but I guess what I’m trying to say is are we ready to be rescued?
Find encouragement in knowing that God will rescue you no matter what you’re feeling in life. It may not be at the time you want it to but nothing ever really is. If you’re sending out a S.O.S, God has heard your signal. He’s sending you one back, you just have to listen for proper instructions.