On January 7th, a little boy in Bartlett, named Reese Wagner, was playing on a pond and fell through the ice. He was stuck under the ice and had to be rescued. He goes to the elementary school my children went to last year. My neighbor's son is good friends with Reese.
Reese was taken to the hospital in critical condition. When I first heard of it, my heart just cried out for this family. My heart cried out for the little boys who were his friends. My heart cried out for all the people who know him and love him.
On January 9th as I was sat down to read the Bible, my mind kept thinking about this little boy.
I'm going to digress a bit...lately I have not really read my Bible much and for 2010 I have committed to read the Bible before I get on the computer, before I chat with my husband, before I do anything else. Why, because I believe God speaks through His word.
Back to January 9th...This was my prayer "Lord I cry out to you Reese's creator and sustainer. I cry out to you the Resurrected Jesus. I cry out to you with power over the universe to bring this little boy back from the brink of death. Rescue him. Heal his body. Do that which only you can do. Confound the doctors. Use the entire situation for your glory."
Then, I opened the Bible and began to read where I left off the day before. I am reading through the book of Psalms and turned to Psalm 18..
"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me."
Reading these verses brought tears to my eyes and prompted me to pray more fervently. "You drew Reese from the deep waters by the hands of the firemen. Lord, all seems lost and hopeless for that dear little boy. Rescue him from death. Rescue him from brain damage. Oh, that he may live to proclaim You, Your words, your redemption, your salvation. My heart cries out to You on behalf of this family and this little boy".
Normally, I do not get this personal on a blog, but goodness gracious, I can not help it. God deserves all the credit. He is at work. There are over 14,000 people on the facebook page Pray for Reese Wagner.
Here's the latest update..."Reese is in his own room now. Only on a little bit of oxygen and an IV. Thankfully, he does not remember what happened to him. They said there might not be many more updates since he is doing so well! Truly miraculous..."
So, for me, whose faith seems to be floundering a bit, this reminds me of the Greatness of God, the Power of Prayer, and the Wonder of God's word. It also reminds me that with God nothing is impossible.