Miracles happen in this ol’ world everyday. But, none more precious than the one involving an 18-month old baby, earlier this week.
Fox News Insider reported earlier this week that
Incredible new details are emerging about what brought rescuers to a toddler trapped in a car in a frigid river.
UPDATE: Miracle Toddler Goes Home After Surviving Car Crash Into River.
18-month-old Lily Groesbeck was found alive in an overturned car after a crash in which the vehicle plunged into a frigid river in Spanish Fork, Utah.
It was not until 14 hours after the crash that a fisherman stumbled upon the car and alerted emergency personnel.
Ainsley Earhardt reported on “Fox and Friends” that as rescuers rushed down to the car, four police officers all say they heard the same thing: a woman calling out, begging for help.
But they can’t explain who that voice was, because the baby’s mother, 25-year-old Lynn Groesbeck, was killed in the crash hours before, and the voice they heard was too mature to be the toddler.
“When we all talked together, I said, ‘Was I the only one that was hearing this?’ thinking that I was hearing things,” Tyler Beddoes, one of the officers who rescued the toddler, explained. “And when I talked to the other officers, we all had heard the same thing, a voice saying, ‘Help us. Help me.'”
Another officer described the same thing to Deseret News.
“We’ve gotten together and just talk about it and all four of us can swear that we heard somebody inside the car saying, ‘Help,’” said Officer Jared Warner.
The officers say that the calls for help pushed them to work even harder to flip the car over.
When they righted the partially submerged vehicle, they were shocked to find the mother dead and the toddler alive
“We were just able to push the car onto its side. How, I don’t know, whether it’s adrenaline or what. But it was incredible,” officer Bryan Dewitt said. “As I grabbed the little baby out of the car seat, as I pulled her head up, I could tell that there was some life in her. I could see her eyes open.”
Lily is in the hospital recovering, and her family says she’s going to be OK.
Police are still trying to figure out what caused the accident. They do not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor, but are awaiting toxicology test results.
Several of the rescuers who jumped into the freezing waters had to be treated for hypothermia.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. – Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)
Did you know that the word “angel” comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger”? The matching Hebrew word mal’ak has the same meaning.
Sometimes, the Bible uses these words for human beings:
ordinary people who carry messages (Job 1:14; Luke 7:24; 9:52)
prophets (Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:1)
priests (Malachi 2:7)
church leaders (Rev 1:20)
Sometimes, the Bible speaks figuratively of things or events as “messengers”…
the pillar of cloud (Exodus 14:19)
pestilence or plagues (2 Samuel 24:16-17)
Usually, though, the word describes the whole range of spirits whom God has created, including both good and evil angels, and special categories such as cherubim, seraphim, and the archangel.
Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament.
When human beings see angels, they generally appear in the form of men. In Genesis 18, Abraham welcomed three angelic guests who appeared at first to be nothing more than some travelers. In the following chapter, two angels went to Sodom where they were assumed to be simply a pair of human visitors.
With the possible exception of one passage in Zechariah 5:9, angels always appear as males rather than females (Mark 16:5).
Of course, those of us raised in Christian Homes, have been told of God’s angels, all of our lives. Our parents and grandparents have told us that we have a Guardian Angel, assigned by the Lord, to watch over us.
The unchurched among us, learned of Angels through the television series “Touched By an Angel” featuring Della Reese and Roma Downey, who recently produced a series on the Bible for The History Channel.
That television series about angels started a countrywide fascination with them, leading to all sorts of angel-themed merchandise sales, and what seemed like a nationwide fit of idolatry of them, in which Americans seemed to lose sight of the fact that angels are our servants, assigned to watch over us by their…and our…Master.
Even though 75% of us Americans still proclaim Jesus Christ as our Personal Savior, and 92% of us believe in God, per Gallup, there are still those among us, both believers and non-believers, who have trouble accepting a supernatural event may have occurred in the rescue of that precious baby.
I can understand why. The idea of an Omnipotent God, filled with love and concern for each one of us, is difficult for our tiny human minds to comprehend at times.
People have a hard time grasping the fact that, as ol’ Billy Shakespeare wrote,
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.166-7)
Man has struggled with the reality of God, ever since Adam said to Eve,
And, nowadays, our Christianity is being challenged like never before in this nation, given to us by God, by a dark, libertine culture, where man is his own god, morality is relative and ethics are situational.
Seeking answers, non-believers and those who have wandered away from their American Christian Heritage, turn to whatever they feel will work for them; including, but not limited to, their Horoscope, Buddhism, EST, Self-realization, or substance abuse.
Eventually though, they find that those finite things, cannot fill the gaping hole in their heart. Only the infinite love of the One who became the expiation for our sins can make them complete, and wash them white as snow.
The story of the miracle of this recused infant causes us all to reflect on our own faith or, as I said before, our lack thereof.
What do you believe? Do you have the faith of a mustard seed?
I firmly believe “Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.”
I don’t know how people, nowadays especially, live without Him.
I also believe, that, Angel or Inner Voice, that voice that the rescuers heard, was sent by God.
What do you believe?
Until He Comes,