The girl and boy demonstrated one final act of love and protection. He sacrificed what he wanted for the sake of his own healing journey and hers. She chose her value, truth and safety over fear of being alone. The boy declared, “this is my chance to finally act as a godly man and do what is right” He confirmed the prayer she had been praying, “Lord, please help me to let go. I can’t make this decision, you do it – Lord help me to release and let go.”
The boy was prompted to do exactly this. Not one day after she spoke these words to her Savior, He swooped in and rescued her yet again. This time the rescue coming from the one who harmed her most. Confirming in it’s finality that God would ALWAYS protect her no matter what. The boy was led to see that each were continuing to be ruled by fear; trusting one another for reassurance, to heal the broken children inside. Are you still there boy? Yes, I’m here. Are you still there girl? Each were clinging so tightly to the broken vessels – which could not hold the pain of loss and fear, rather than trusting the broken vessels to the Potter. What if they melted within the Potter’s warm hands – where all fear is smoothed, and trust is shaped – never forced. Allowing God to do His work inside the red-headed, caramel skinned boy and the girl with the polka dot dress. Each to learn that they are worthy of God to do the EXTRAORDINARY.
SHE is worthy to witness a miracle. What stops her from believing God would do something good for her? Does she believe she is worthy of God’s loving kindness and goodness in her life or is she stuck in the lie, ‘I’m too broken to love’? Has she realized yet, that all along the miracle was HER?!
What have I learned from the story of the girl and the boy?
I am worthy of God’s love to pursue me in such a MIGHTY WAY – that He would lead me on this gentle journey, this beautiful unfolding and revealing of the tender ways He has pursued my heart all along. “Follow the yellow brick road daughter, it is filled with all knowledge, riches, kindness and love.” After all wounds have been bound and mended, to finally realize this was His story all along, through each experience I point to the marks in time, of being compassionately protected, rescued and convinced – He is WHO HE SAYS HE IS. He CAN be trusted, He protected me. When the pain bites at my heart, the loneliness tugs at my insides and the fear wraps around my veins, He is there, “Watch me be gentle with you daughter, I hear you. I know you are brave and strong – I know that you are scared and that is okay – I will diligently do the work for you so that you don’t have to – I know it is frightening to let go. Let go, my love. I am here – I will help you. I am a father to my children, tender and compassionate, I know you are tired and weak. Here, let me” (psalm 103)
As Corrie Ten Boom’s father told her, “It would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now, you must trust me to carry it for you… our wise Father in Heaven knows when we’re going to need things. Don’t run out ahead of Him… when the time comes… you will look into your heart and find the strength you need – just in time.” -The Hiding Place
The boy and the girl sacrificed their desires, their longings, feelings and fears to let go and fall into the great unknown – to trust God, exercise their faith, give the gift of true love, respect, self-control, humility and repentance. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
Who else sacrificed in this way for the girl? Jesus. Jesus, laid down his own feelings and fears to go to the cross and give His life for her. I imagine the Father telling His Son, “this is what will free them, it will protect them and it is what is best for them. I love them and I want them to be happy and whole – even if they never choose me – I still want them to have that choice.” Jesus begged His Father, “Lord, if there is any other way we can make this happen – please show me, take this cup from me…” (Luke 22:42)
No, Jesus had to let go. He let go on the cross when he exhaled, “It is finished”. This was the ultimate sacrifice he made for all His children. He let go of all past, present and future shame, fear and bondage. He let go and fell into complete freedom – so that I could be free now, to do the same. He wept during His period of letting go – so that He could weep WITH ME – as I weep now, during my season of letting go. He was wounded and betrayed before He needed to let go – just as I was wounded and betrayed before needing to let go… His wounds help my wounds in the present to be bound, mended and made whole.
The girl reflected in her spirit, “Who wouldn’t want a boy who would sacrifice the same for her healing?”
True Love Liberates.