The scarlet cord is frayed and has been re-knotted I don’t know how many times. It’s the cord that hangs down from the edges of my almost 20 year old book to remind me of the risk I should dare myself to take.
That red cord was anonymously given to everyone in a Bible study I took here at SMC several years ago. While studying the book Joshua, the cord was given with the intent to keep in my Bible as a reminder of Rahab’s story. Rahab was that gal who got around…who made a living getting around as a prostitute…and didn’t have anything to do with God.
That’s until He was ready to write her into His Story.
Joshua’s two spies were on a mission to search out the land God promised them. They heard that the king of Jericho found out they were right outside town with the plan to start a battle.
The spies saw Rahab. She could’ve been standing on the street corner in her revealing dress and bright red lipstick with the aim to get their attention.
She did. Yet, this time it was different. She had been hearing about these people from Egypt whom their God parted the Red Sea for them to walk through and they’d been defeating tribes along the way and Jericho being next as they pursue their mission to claim their promised land. It was obvious they believed in their God, trusted Him and knew He was with them.
She wanted deep down to know their God. So, she made a decision. She chose to take a risk. She could choose to continue her broken and lonely life or choose to risk jeopardizing her life if she was caught hiding these spies. If the king found out, that could be the end of her life.
But what did she have to lose?
She chose to take the risk.
She hid the spies, making a contract for them to spar her and her family’s lives, as they went to war against Jericho. Even though she didn’t have a good reputation, she was a smart chic and insisted making a deal to save her life with the hope to experience God. She wanted to know more about this almighty God of theirs.
It was that step of faith into the unknown. It was an uncertainty yet wouldn’t it be exciting to do something daring? To be part of this movement that was about the sweep over the land?
After dark, Rahab took her scarlet cord allowing the men to slide down it along the brick wall. Here’s the risk – would they save her? I think she knew they would. I think she already began to feel the joy of taking a risk in order to experience God. I imagine how beautifully bright that cord was in that brown and dusty city as it hung from her high window.
There’s been times in my life where that scarlet cord in my book has laid dormant, fading into the dull and dusty colors of desert life where I’ve felt lonely with no life purpose to be known. That cord is still there though, and now is bright and luring me to choose to take risks like Rahab did.
Rahab CHOSE to risk everything she had for a God she barely knew. God CHOSE and WANTED TO give her grace. She CHOSE faith and as she made that decision, God redeemed her. The only thing Rahab could do was dare to tell God’s men her story, her idea, her dream to be rescued, redeemed and restored…and used in a new way.
I still ask myself, “Am I willing to hang my scarlet cord down in order to take a risk? What am I willing to do for God’s sake? Is it to ask a friend to come to church or join a Bible study? Is it to carve out time to pray and listen for God’s calling for me? Is it to intentionally work at strengthening my relationship with my husband, my children or a friend? Is it to pursue a dream that glorifies God?
I have the choice. You have the choice. We have the choice to hold onto that scarlet cord and take a leap of faith all for the glory of God.
What is your scarlet cord? You’re welcome to make a comment here sharing with us a risk or step of faith you’ve taken and why. Is there a risk you want to take but haven’t yet? If so, what’s keeping you from taking that step of faith?