Miracle #1: A Rescuing Hand

Do you ever wonder why you are here?

Life can get discouraging. Occasionally we want to throw in the towel, or we wonder why we are here when life looks bleak.

For a long time, I wondered why God saved my life so many times when I was a child. From the miracles He did, I believe we can see that we are here for a reason.

I’m sharing these stories of His miraculous power with you in this three-part series. They are short and sweet, but will hopefully encourage you to not give up because God has a future for you.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

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Miracle #1: A Rescuing Hand

When I was little, I remember the teachers had promised we would go swimming after nap time. My eyes were shining and my heart beat quickly, too excited to fall asleep fast. I fell asleep so late that they let me sleep—and everyone else went swimming.

As I came out of La La Land, I noticed the teacher and I were the only people in the room. I asked her about swimming, and she told me I probably shouldn’t even bother changing to my swimsuit because we only had a few minutes.

I changed as fast as I could and in a flash, I was poolside.

The teachers calling everyone to get out for the next activity faded into the background. That pool looked too fun! I wanted to play in the water!

In my haste to get in the pool, I jumped in the too-deep-for-me-end, oblivious to everything else. But my “swim” quickly turned into more of a “drown,” and I reached up to grasp the ledge and slipped in again sputtering.

I tried to yell for help, but the water was all that answered. It happened so fast.

Nobody was in the water around me. I came up choking, and managed a gurgled, “help,” to the stranger-kid sitting a couple of feet away with his back to the pool. That little boy reached down his rescuing hand, and I climbed out into air again.

I don’t know why the teachers didn’t see me. I don’t know how that kid heard me in that noisy moment. I have no other explanation, except that God wanted me to live.

Moral of the Story

God will provide a helping hand when you need it. If you are reading this, then God wants you here right now. Don’t give up. Whether you understand it or not, just know that you are here for a reason.

Here are quick links to each post in the You Are Here for a Reason mini-series:

1. Miracle #1: A Rescuing Hand

2. Miracle #2: God Saves a 3-Year-Old

3. Miracle #3: That Time I Caught on Fire


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