The women handed out pins to the attendees at the banquet and felt tremendously loved and encouraged. It was wonderful to see so many people wearing their pins as they left for the evening.
Can a deer and a woman be similar?
Recently I was at the California Fish and Game Department when an employee rushed by and said, “I’ve been called to rescue a deer caught in a volleyball net.”
At first it seemed kind of funny and all in a day’s work for her. I wondered if it happened during an actual game (Yes, I imagined both deer and human volleyball.), if the deer was OK, how tangled it was, where it was, etc…
I actually called back to find out what happened and learned that the deer was OK. Here’s the report: The deer was “released without needing to be drugged. We tackled it and untangled it. Then freed it.”
Evangel Home has a Fish and Game department of its own. The similarities between that deer and our women are pretty clear, and the account of the Fish and Game rescue workers sounds like our staff. Our women really do come in all tangled up in stuff. We can’t free all of them, and some that we do manage to get untangled run back to the places that got them in the danger in the first place.
Then there are those we have the joy of seeing run free in a new direction. My pastor, Jeremy Vacarro, recently said that change in our hearts and teh decision to be a Jesus follower is not because of our profound faith but because of His profound pursuit. Oh how I love that thought.
Like that deer, our women cannot free themselves. Staff cannot “save” them. Our role is to guide them, to loosen those tangled nets, and to let Jesus pursue them. It is always our prayer that we never get in His way, but that we are here to represent Him the best way that each of us can.
Jesus referred to nets of another kind – to fishing nets. He calls to us to risk, to go deep, to go again, and to stay engaged with Him. “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4). As someone once wrote, Jesus calls us to be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium.