Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” Romans 10:11-13
Yesterday my Aunt Elaine called to tell me about a 17-year old student who had gone into cardiac arrest after a football game. She knew I am acquainted with his Grandma Marlene and would want to reach out to her. Before I contacted her, I flipped through my Facebook postings and discovered this news had gone viral. Doctors say Austin is here by the Grace of God. His condition was critical, and Grandma said, “We lost him a couple of times.” God’s angels were everywhere at the right time–even an off-duty anesthesiologist, who happened to be in the parking lot with equipment, administered to him until the ambulance arrived.
Austin came through the trauma he discovered the school, community, and people around the country were praying and rooting for him. Students gathered together wearing Iowa State Cyclone shirts–Austin’s favorite team– and sent him pictures, which gave him a boost.
This story shows people have a good heart. I believe prayers were lifted from people around Austin the moment he collapsed. Probably the most effective, “Help, God!” and God immediately sent angels.
Lord, thank you for sending the right people at the right time to save Austin. Amen.