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On Thursday afternoon, I noticed several missed calls from our daughter-in-law, Andrea. When she had called my husband, we suspected something was amiss. We quickly learned our suspicions were correct. She had received a call from a 911 emergency operator that our son had been in an accident and was being taken to the hospital. At the time we returned the call, she was already on her way to the hospital. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we immediately began to pray.
What we later learned was that just a few days earlier, our son, Shawn had taught our three year old granddaughter how to use his I-phone to dial 911. He felt it important that she know how to use his phone to call for help, but I am sure he didn’t know that sooner than he realized, that lesson would be used to save his life.
We were given the details later about how the events of the accident took place. Shawn was home in his yard cutting a tree that had fallen during the last ice storm and clearing out some trees and brush. He missed the target as he swung his freshly sharpened machete onto his arm. Immediately blood began to gush from his arm and he began to apply pressure. He tried to get help from a neighbor, but no one was home.
He explained to his daughter, Elsiha that she would have to call 911 as he had taught her. She and her younger sister, Elaina, were the only ones around. Through tears and uttering the words, “Daddy, we want you to stay in our family,” she did as her daddy had taught her and then extended the phone to his ear so that he could talk to the emergency operator. She was in tears, but remained calm enough to do what she needed to do. In so many ways, she is a young super-hero. Had she not been able to handle her part in that emergency situation, no doubt the outcome would have been quite different.
As a Christian, we cry out to God on behalf of ourselves and others. God is the source of the strength and help that we need in this life. After the children of Israel were delivered out of Egypt, they came to a place where they were thirsty. “And the people murmured against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’ And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.’” Exodus 15:24-26 (KJV)
Sometimes, we can lead a person to Christ, but it is ultimately he/she that must one day utter the words for help.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV)
“In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.” Psalm 120:1 (KJV)
I don’t understand why the accident happened; we live in a fallen and broken world. But I do know that God heard our prayers. Thank God for all the people who prayed with us for him and helped. Thank God for a little girl who knew how to call for help to save her daddy’s life.