Day 3
for her devotional series
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
– Psalm 34:18, NIV

Have you ever felt like rescue always, always happens just in the nick of time? But, sister, I want to remind you that God is always on time. That’s a difficult thing to understand when we’re faced with the stories of vulnerable girls like those who are a part of the Hmong tribe in Thailand. There, if a girl is kidnapped and held captive for three days, she is legally married to her kidnapper.

Noojee saw this happen to her friend. And she used to be afraid it would happen to her. But at the Compassion center, she is surrounded by people who remind her every day that God rescues. And sometimes you and I are blessed to be his hands and feet in that rescue. You can read Noojee’s story below, but the thing I want you to remember from it is that we don’t see all that God sees. We don’t understand how the tragedy Noojee saw in her friend’s life could lead to her being a passionate advocate for change. God knows what we cannot fully know.

Focus on what you do understand, though – that Noojee can inspire us to be active, passionate agents of God’s rescue-heart. What would it be like if you and I truly looked at the world around us with God’s eyes? Rescue is active. We have to be alert. We have to be willing to look outside of our own world if we want God to use us, to empower us, to rescue through us.

Maybe the word rescue makes you feel overwhelmed. But please know there are so many ways to walk out this calling to rescue. Some feel big and daunting; others feel too small to matter. Remember this. God calls us to give of our time, talent and treasure. It takes all three of those to actively serve and rescue.

God went out of his way to rescue you. How will you go out of your way to rescue others in his name?

Here's how you can pray for her, listen to her, and speak up for her today:

PRAY FOR HER: Father, I pray for girls like Noojee who are fighting a fight that can feel so overwhelming and exhausting. I lift up the rescuers in their lives, that they will step forward and join the fight against trafficking and abuse.

LISTEN TO HER: "The women didn’t have an education and they didn’t know the law," says Noojee. "We learn about the law and children’s rights in school. If bride kidnapping happens to our friend, we will fight for her. We won’t let go. We will fight to the end."Read Noojee’s story and be inspired by those who answered God’s call to rescue!

SPEAK UP FOR HER: Know someone who needs to hear the message that God RESCUES? Share this devotional today!

Your Sister,

CeCe Winans is a singer, songwriter, mother, pastor and advocate for women and girls around the world.