"Oh no, I wonder how long this is going to take" I said out loud in my empty car. The cars in front of me started showing red brake lights. In my rearview window, flashing sirens caught my attention. An ambulance and cop car whizzed past my car.
Then I saw him.
All my focus was suddenly fixated upon him. My eyes and thoughts were drawn to the side of the road. Time slowed down in the moment.
In his burly arms, he was clutching his 3 year old daughter as he was running north on the 405 freeway south. His confident stride spoke volumes of his love for his daughter and the direction he was headed.
All I saw was an act of indescribable love. A fathers love for his child.
Sometimes I am so consumed with myself that I don't stop to realize what God has done for me. That is, until He uses some word, person or action to reflect His love.
You probably know what I am talking about.
You are sitting there reading your Bible and then all of a sudden the light goes on in your head. You open your phone and the verse on the screen hits you like a ton of bricks. Or you are sitting across from your friend at lunch and he says something that you were not expecting to hear but you really needed to hear it.
The words stick more than the rest.
Something in the core of your being cries out that this is why you were created. The doubts in your head suddenly disappear in this moment.
“Wait God, you love me THIS much?”
Suddenly, John 3:16 is not just a couple words displayed on a white poster someone holds up at a football game.
As I was forced to drive closer, I realized that whatever had happened, had only occurred just a couple of minutes before.
Firefighters were scrabbling to asses the damage and move people out of harms way. Two cars had swerved into one another causing one of the cars to lay flipped over facing the opposite way.
That is all I saw. Traffic eased and I was driving past the wreckage. My neck careening back to make sense of it all. I wanted more answers. In my head, I was trying to process what I just seen.
Living in bustling Southern California, I have seen tons of startling accidents. Why was I so intrigued with this one?
Then, that still, small voice of the Almighty started speaking to me.
“Sam, this is what I did for you. This is why Easter means so much to me. I rescued from the wreckage. You try so hard to be your own savior but there was no way you could get out without my help. I was the only one that could pull you out of the wreckage.” God told me.
Only a couple minutes ago, I was consumed in my own head. Now I was sitting on his lap as He was affirming how much He loved me.
“When you asked for my help, I pulled you out because I would do anything for you. You are my child. I am your Father. If you were the only one on this earth, I would still die for you.”
In a moment, He reveals enough of His character to make us realize our utter dependence on Him.
"I carried you to safety in my arms. I will take you where you want to go. I will protect you. I will guide you. When you do not know what to do, just look up. I will be here for you."
God seems to pull back heaven just enough to bring us to our knees in response to His extravagant love.
He hears us. Rescue's us. Protects us. Loves us. And He shows it to us in His actions.
This picture of a Father holding His child and running to safety has been playing over and over in my head. Jesus had to come and die to take away sin. We are created for an intimate relationship with Him. A glorious relationship with our loving creator apart from the carnage that Satan throws at us.
Jesus has won. He has conquered death.
Because of His message of love for us, we have purpose in our lives. Purpose to share love to those around us that need it the most this Easter. How could we not tell our friends, coworkers, family and people of His gracious love?
Jesus is alive and He is recruiting your heart to join Him in the greatest rescue story of all time.