At a meeting of the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners and the Fire Department, March 18, 2014 was declared Elisha Powers Day. In a ceremony, Miss Elisha was recognized for her for the heroic and courageous acts she made at three; grabbing her daddy’s phone, unlocking it, pressing the keys to call 911, and then holding the phone next to his ear, so that he could speak to the 911 operator. That very act, along with all the first responders, can be credited for saving the life of our son, Shawn. She received certificates from both the Board of Commissioners and the Rockdale County Fire and Rescue.
Her parents had taught Elisha how to use their smart phone just three months earlier. It was responsible parenting that led to Elisha understanding what she needed to do in an emergency. In her own words, she cried and then she was brave. Needless to say, we are very proud of our granddaughter for how she responded in that crucial moment.
Her sweet little cousin, Ryleigh, who just days earlier had shown her appreciation in a picture/masterpiece she drew for Fireman, was there among other family members to show support. Her parents explained to her, that had it not been for the bravery of firemen that her daddy would not be here, today. It touched the Firemen’s hearts, as she thanked them for her daddy.
In the course of a lifetime, outside of emergency personnel, the military and the medical profession, to name a few, a small people are exposed to situations, such as this, causing them to react and perform in courageous ways. And those who do are rarely recognized in such situations.
There are many unsung heroes. But in the Kingdom of God, such will not be the case.
“That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:18 (KJV)
“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.” Matthew 10:41 (KJV)
“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (KJV)
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27 (KJV)
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23 (KJV)
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35 (KJV)
While I am so excited and proud of our granddaughter and the honor and reward that she received for heroism, I can’t help but be reminded that everyone will one day be rewarded according to what he/she has done.
So to those who serve and protect, in any manner, I say a heartfelt thank you! To the unsung heroes of everyday life, God sees every act, regardless of size and will someday hand out rewards.
As the family is facing huge medical bills, an account a link is provided below for anyone who would like to help them meet them: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/gc24/shawnpowersexpensefund.