Floyd and Rita Rupp hit the road from their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for vacation in the summer of 2007. It was going to be the trip of a lifetime for the couple, a long-deserved rest after years of busy work.
After leaving home, Rita began to worry about the possibility of their car being hijacked and she and her husband being kidnapped. Something in her mind wouldn’t let the fear go,m so she concocted a plan … just in case.
Mrs Rupp took a small piece of paper and wrote out the words, “Help. I’ve been kidnapped. Call the Highway Patrol.” She included her own name and that of her husband, their address and a description of the van they were driving. She then tucked it safely into her purse.
The couple stopped at a gas station for a bathroom break, when Mrs Rupp’s paranoia got the best of her. Somehow, her note fell from her purse onto the restroom floor. Not long after, the gas station attendant found the note and called the police. Police in four states set up roadblocks to find the kidnapped couple.
The article in the June 25, 1995 New York Times, reported that Mr and Mrs Rupp were cruising down the freeways of America, blissfully unaware that a national rescue operation was busy at work on their behalf.
Mr Rupp stopped to call his office for messages and to brag about grandeur of America. The office worker was astounded. “You have no idea what’s going on, do you?” Neither Mr Rupp nor his wife had any idea the great work taking place at that very moment to save them.
Like the Rupps, that how many of us live. We are unaware that God embarked on a great search and rescue program long before He spoke the universe into existence. We drive along through the corridors of life, enjoying the sights, struggling now and then, but generally accepting life as it comes. All the while, we are completely unaware of our desperate need or the sacrifice of God on our behalf.
The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).