Aug 18, 2020 • Written by Heidi Scott
Feeling pulled down by a riptide of Corona-Chaos? I am not a strong swimmer, and swimming in the open ocean has always intimidated me. I prefer to wade in cautiously, admiring those who plunge headlong into the surf. A healthy respect for the power of the waves is a good thing. Feeling out of control and sucked under is another. Rip currents and undertows are dangerous, deceptive forces that require vigilance and sheer strength to overcome, right?
The thing about an undertow is… it doesn’t really exist. It’s a myth that rip currents pull people under. When caught in a rip current, the way out is NOT to fight against it. That only uses up energy and will get you nowhere. Instead— relax, float, and swim across it, not against it. Better yet, signal the lifeguard who knows the warning signs.
You see, the signal for distress is simple: raise your arm. Yes, really. The international signal for a water-surface emergency is a raised arm, and lifeguards are trained to watch for it. A good lifeguard knows the waves and currents and is watching for signs of trouble. Just knowing that tidbit makes me breathe easier. I know the signal.
It’s the same way with God. He knows our troubled hearts and feeble bodies. He knows when we are treading water on the brink of exhaustion.
Oh, how I love His Word! God has given us everything we need not just for our survival but to flourish. Like a good lifeguard, He is waiting to rescue. Just raise your hand! In fact, He’s already right there with us saying,
"'For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you."'
Our Rescuer is unstoppable, inexhaustible, and unsurprised. We can rest and float along knowing He has it all in hand. We can readjust our focus on Him and not on feeling out of control or swept away.
“Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weak.”
Sisters, when we take our focus off our own worries, we have the head-space and heart-space to think of others. While we have genuine and real concerns, many around the globe are struggling for their daily bread and for their very lives. In places hardest hit by the pandemic, our Alliance family is working to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people. One place that is close to my heart is the little country of Kosova. The Kosovar people have limited health care, a struggling economy, and the emotional stress of a prolonged and almost complete shutdown. More than ever, they need to know God loves them and to understand the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.
Will you join me in praying with a global mindset? Will you pray to our Almighty God for a spiritual awakening amidst this pandemic? Pray for God to bust down barriers, remove the veil of sin and darkness, and bring millions to saving knowledge of His Son, Jesus! Our Rescuer can do it.
He is unstoppable, inexhaustible and unsurprised.
Here are three ways to get connected globally:
1. 5 days to pray for Kosova printable. Part of the former Yugoslavia in Southeast Europe, Kosova has been hit hard by the global pandemic. Would you join me in praying for the Kosovar people? Take a few minutes each day, for 5 days to pray for Kosova!
2. AAC Global Connections. Get the latest information about the specific needs of international workers, the countries where they serve, and how to pray for our sister churches throughout the world. Contact Lori Loux at to get the latest prayer newsletter! firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Give to the Great Commission Fund. This fund is unique to the Alliance because it gives regular people like you and me an opportunity to join with thousands of others who participate in the worldwide work of the Alliance. The Alliance has been working to meet urgent physical, emotional and spiritual needs for the past 125 years and is present and caring today in the middle of global chaos and anxiety due to COVID-19.