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night I called 911
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By Stacey Martin
[August 01, 2007]
If you're lucky, you've never had to call 911.
Or you could look at it like I do -- it was a lucky thing I did call
911. I had no idea how to handle the situation I was facing. In the
corner of my mind I was thinking I was all alone; however, that
wasn't the case at all. We are never, ever alone.
As you may know by now, many of the stories I write come from
everyday life. The night I called for help wasn't an ordinary
day; however, it did occur in everyday life. I bet you're
wondering what I am referring to. Drew was asleep next to me one
night last week and became very ill while sleeping. As I was
cleaning him up it was apparent that he wasn't awake, yet his
eyes were open.
He looked right through me as though "no one was home." Have
you ever been literally scared to death? I was that night. As I
was dragging him through the house to the car, he aspirated and
I quickly did the Heimlich maneuver and he was breathing again.
During that time my mind was numb, yet keenly aware of the
situation. I begged God to help me. I needed him more than ever
in that instant. My son, the baby that I carried, was in
I dialed 911. I freely admit I was in panic mode. The man on
the other end of the phone talked calmly to me and advised me
that help was on the way. But that help wasn't coming quickly
enough, at least not in my mind's eye. I wanted a "Star Trek"
beam-me-up-and-over event right then and there. Know what I
Psalm 17 is a prayer of David. He is asking God to give heed
to his cry and an ear to his prayer. Verse 6 of that chapter
says: "I have called upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God;
Incline thine ear to hear my speech." David goes on to remind
God in verse 8: "Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the
shadow of thy wings." As children of Christ we are the apple of
According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the assurance of things
hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. I had faith that
God would see us through that night. I prayed as I've never
prayed before. God is the ever-present help in time of need.
Psalm 145:18 says: "The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth." You see, I wasn't alone at
all. I called out on the name of Jesus, and he was right there
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Drew is fine today. I commend the Lincoln Rural Fire Department
as well as the Lincoln Paramedics for their loving-kindness shown to
me and my family. I will never forget the look of concern on the
faces that came to help that night. God's light shone through them
even if they weren't aware of it. The assurance they gave me was
truly from the hand of God.
When I want to see Jesus, I look at people who live for Jesus. My
heart wants to see Jesus in others. I want to be a help to those in
need, and I pray that someday God will find me worthy to be used,
even if only in a small way. One of the paramedics, who stayed in
the ER with us to make sure Drew was OK, had the blessing in his
hand. He patted me on the back as I thanked him through my tears for
helping me. I'll never forget his words.
He said, if you have a fire you'd call Tommy (my husband, a
firefighter), and you needed us and we are here for you. What
blessed assurance that is, but even more so knowing that Jesus is
the true blessed assurance we need in this life. He uses people in
everyday life to show his love and mercy to his children.
The next time you have an emergency and call 911, look for angels
in fire department and paramedic clothing. You have no idea the help
these people are to those of us in an emergency situation. They are
used by God to be the calm in the storm and the reassurance people
need in a most desperate situation.