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Pint Sized Hero Story goes viral world wide

Pint Sized hero story offers inspiration
Pint Sized hero story offers inspiration
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She’s been called a pint sized hero, a preschooler, a toddler, a three year old, and a four year old. But Miss Elisha Faith Powers is a daughter, sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a friend, but most of all, she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. But then, isn’t that what heroes are, ordinary people who do extraordinary things when needed. We have twins who serve in the Marine Corps who have travelled to warzones. We have sons and daughters who are everyday heroes, just taking care of their families day by day.
Recently in the metro Atlanta area, Elisha’s heroic actions went viral via the internet, social media, and television. The story is not only inspirational, but it was a reality to go through for our family as it was our granddaughter who placed the phone call to 911 to save her dad, our son’s life, who had cut himself severely and was unable to place the call himself. He had taught Elisha how to unlock his phone and press the buttons for 911 back in December. He was able to walk her through the steps and help arrived in approximately nine minutes. Had he panicked or been had she not remembered what he taught her, the story would no doubt have had a different outcome. We are thankful that he and his wife diligently teach the girls many important things.
When it accident happened, we were given few details about its severity or exactly how injured Shawn was. Our daughter-in law went to the hospital and was sent home without being allowed to see him. We didn’t know if he had lost his arm, a hand, or anything. The only thing we knew was that he was in ICU, was stable, and would be there over night. Later that night, I drove to the hospital. I waited in the waiting room for the nurse to escort me to where he was. I didn’t know what to expect. When I saw my son bandaged up, but intact, I was overcome with emotion. The nurse allowed me to stay for longer than she had originally stated, for which I was thankful. Shawn, being a left hander tried to find humor in the accident, and said, “I didn’t like my right hand, anyways.” We shared some laughter about that. And then we talked about how that God knew in advance it would happen. He could have prevented it, no doubt. I don’t know why he didn’t, but I do know that I am thankful that Shawn had taught his daughter to call 911. I was also thankful that he had sharpened his machete the night previous. The clean cut made it easier for the doctors to attach tendons, ligaments, and nerves. He was in pain, but very thankful to be alive.
As I talked to local residents about story, I realized that there were many reasons that this story was so well received and shared. It was inspiring to some, a wake-up call to others, and it offered hope to still others.
I read some of the discussion threads, as well as responded to a few of them. Many sent well wishes, prayers, and praised the toddler that had called 911. In her own words, “I was brave and then I cried.” Out of the mouths of babes, she voiced what so many of us have to do in life when faced with situations and circumstances that we don’t understand.
Our family has known its share of heartaches. And like so many others, we’ve faced them bravely and then cried, or sometimes cried through them, putting on the brave face to face our little world.
Since this happened back on back on February 20th, I thought about a few important things that we can learn from this:
1.) Life is short. Accidents happen. Advanced preparation is essential. Teaching children what to do in emergencies, how to call for help is so important. They can learn at an early age how to use smart phones and I-phones. In parenting, parents are teaching, whether passively or aggressively.
2.) Pro-life argument. Elisha’s parents had the legal right to abort. But they chose life. And in return, Shawn was given life. The Bible says, “Choose life that thy and thy seed may live.” Could it be that our nation is facing a massacre on school yards, malls, places of business, and even in the home, because, as a nation we are slaughtering the most innocent and helpless in the name of “Choice?”
3.) Family is the most amazing and precious thing that God has given us this side of heaven. When we were faced with this event, no one was concerned about our material possessions. Our family focus was on the health and well-being of our loved one, Shawn. Our prayers began the instant we heard of the accident and do continue for his full recovery.
While we know the hospital bills are coming, we pray that provision for that, as well, will be met, in some way. We are thankful for the many who have given a financial gift, great or small. Their church, Discovery Point, located in Conyers, has provided meals and given tangibly to help. He’s had two surgeries. He had just left a position of many years to begin a new job. His benefits had not kicked in, leaving him with no insurance. (A link for anyone who would like to help is as follows: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/gc24/shawnpowersexpensefund )
The Rockdale Fire Chief wants to have a ceremony to honor Miss Elisha as a little hero of Rockdale County on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014.
USA Today shared it in their Inspiration Nation section. Tamron Hall of the Today Show recalled how she watched one of the videos put out by the local news stations and was “obsessed” by Elisha. The three hosts stated that they just “loved her; that she was just so cute!”
I don’t understand why this happened, but God promises to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I do know that many have been touched by the bravery of this little girl.
Below are some of the many links associated with this moving story. There are so many; it’s overwhelming.
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3280906106001/pint-sized-hero-saves-injured-f...
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/26/preschooler-calls-9...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P4jhOEHm2o&sns=fb
http://www.today.com/video/today/54526227#54526227
http://www.11alive.com/video/3258226056001/50317397001/Pre-Schooler-Unlo...
http://trendingnewsroom.com/mobile/channel/enewschannel/10579/four-year-...