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I held a lifeless body of a little girl in my arms today…

I held a lifeless body of a little girl in my arms today…

As I drove up over a hill I saw the smoke in the distance. Two vehicles had just collided at a busy intersection, enroute to driving my first grade son to school. I pulled off on the grassy shoulder. “Elijah,” I said. “Hang tight, Dad needs to go help these people.” I cracked the windows and headed to the smashed-in cars.

A woman was screaming….”My kids…..My kids….help my kids!” I ran quickly as she was trying to pull her preschool age boy with a bloody face out of the car. He was crying out. I noticed liquids pouring out from the smoking vehicle. Another gentleman approached so I instructed him to take the little boy away from the car to a safe spot.

The mom continued screaming, “My daughter!” I reached into the front seat and cradled her into my arms.

I held a lifeless body of a little girl in my arms today…

or so it seemed. She lay limp as I carried her across the road to safety. No visible motion in the girl as I transported her. Once I layed her on the ground with my hand under her head I recognized that she was breathing well. Praise God.

This sweet little second grader remained unconscious for several minutes. I can’t help but to think that this could be any one of my children.

Finally she regained consciousness and cried out. Everyone let out a sigh of relief and a gentle smile.

In come our heroes: the fire fighters, law enforcement, EMS, and the med-evac helicopter to attend to the injured and continue to provide safety for others. The ambulance and helicopter take the kids to hospital for treatment.

Both kids will be okay.

Three things I take away from this life-altering event today:
1. Don’t take life for granted. Only God knows the number of our days. Live each day as your last and live it to the glory of God.

2. Children are a gift. I watched as that dear mom stood over her daughter in distress and deep concern.

3. God desires to use us all the time. I could have left the scene saying that they were “lucky” nothing else happened, but I didn’t. Instead I took the opportunity to tell those I encountered, “Praise God for His protection!” Turn people to the One we can trust…the One that cares the most for us…the One that holds the world in His hands. Simple words can lead others to initiate a relationship with the God who loves them deeply.

I followed up with both parties at the hospital and ministered to their families. Check out my post to see how to minister to a family when their kids are in the hospital.
 
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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Children's Ministry, Family life

 

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