I love to tell real life God stories, and when I have a good one I can’t resist sharing. If you are connected with the Lamp on Facebook, you are aware of what happened.
I was picking up a few things at Babies-R-Us last night, when suddenly I heard a mother screaming for a doctor and frantically asking for someone, anyone, to call 911.
I quickly rounded the corner to see the distressed mother and child, as store staff and medically trained customers rushed toward her. Her baby hung loosely in her arms after what appeared to be a seizure. Within seconds of the panic, before anyone even got through to 911, a man held the door open shouting ”there’s an ambulance and paramedics right outside,” as he waved the mother toward the exit. The team immediately grabbed hold of the child to intervene, and moments later the lights of the ambulance faded into the distance.
As I paid for my items, I asked the clerk how the paramedics knew to be there. “They didn’t.” she replied, “They weren’t responding to a call, they just happened to be here.” Tears were in her eyes as she recognized the mystery of the moment. Chills ran through my body. It was 8:30 on a Wednesday evening, and an entire team of paramedics just “happened” to be right outside of a baby store.
I don’t know any more of this story. I don’t know what condition the baby was in after the seizure, and I don’t know how she is doing today. I don’t know what circumstances brought the mother or the ambulance crew to stop at that particular store last night at that very time. Maybe the mother, like me, needed to get out of the house for a little bit. It is possible the driver of the ambulance needed to pick up a package of diapers on his way home from a previous call, or maybe they had been called to answer an earlier emergency in the parking lot and were there finishing their paperwork. I can speculate any number of things.
What I do know is this: No human effort was put forth to bring about the perfect timing of their rescue response. They were there before anyone, including themselves, knew they needed to be there.
Once again, God’s mercy and love leave me in awe.