Today, sitting on the deck of cabin surrounded by treetops, a nearby mountain peak, and a 200-foot drop to the creek below, I feel the overwhelming love of God. Yesterday, in a perfectly orchestrated event, He saved the lives of my son and a little boy. Without explanation, my son-in-law ran into the river where we were having a Labor Day picnic. He started swimming against the unforgiving current of the river not making any headway and called out for my son.
I saw a little boy on an innertube screaming, whirling 360 degrees at the mercy of the undertow. I screamed for my son to help. A second son-in-law jumped in the water and the current thrust him past the little boy. Then I saw my son also swimming in place with his brothers-in-law. Suddenly my son’s upper body lifted from the water and he swam with determination until the reached the little boy. They were both stuck in the current and my son tried four times to successfully push the boy to safety. The little boy’s father had abandoned his innertube and it ended up in the hands of my son-in-law who recognized my son was trapped in the current. He was able to get my son’s attention and throw it perfectly into his hands. My son held onto it while he let the current pull him to the bottom of the 7-foot-deep river and get momentum by pushing off the bottom. He broke free, and the whitecaps pushed him toward shore. He climbed to the shore bent over heaving up the water he had breathed into his lungs.
Today, I am so thankful for my son’s life and the lives of all my family. Accidents and health issues put our physical bodies in danger. We never know when our spirits will take on our heavenly bodies. I’m thankful God has further work for my son and the little boy to do on earth and spared their lives in a perfectly orchestrated event. I’m glad we had the perfect picnic site so my son was able to save a little boy’s life. I feel very loved by God today.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the lives of my loved ones and reminders that we have little time on earth to waste. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.