When some of my children were home for Easter we were recounting how some of them had near death experiences. Here is an example of our son Patrick being saved from tragedy.
When our children were young, Brendan and I would take them out for a walk in the long summer evenings to tire them out before bedtime. No one wants to go to bed when it is still daylight. We would all climb into the minibus, teenagers to toddlers, all had to come along. No time for individualism in our family. When we went for a drive we all went for a drive. When we went for a walk we all went for a walk.
We went to a nearby marina along the river. There was a play park there as well. Children would take turns on swings, slides and roundabouts. They sqealed with delight as they swung high on the swings. Brendan and I could relax a little and chat, knowing the older ones were looking out for the younger ones.
Aaron loved boats. He brought his canoe along with us to the river. He was paddling his canoe along the bank as the others played at the park. He went off to inspect some boats that were parked at the marina.
Patrick followed him. He was two years old at the time and often wanted to be around Aaron. Next thing I knew Patrick was lying face down in the water with his little anorak puffed up with the water, his arms out and his wellingtons on his little feet. Patrick was drowning. Aaron was quick to act and grabbed hold of his wee brother. We arrived to help. We slapped him on the back to dislodge the water and helped him breath again. Only for Aaron’s quick response Patrick may have drowned.
We were all in shock at the thought of what could have happened to Patrick. We returned in silence. We got the children ready for bed and said our night prayers together. We all thanked God for saving Patrick that evening.
Brendan and I trusted God to protect our children. Psalm 91 says
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Psalm 91:9-11 NIV)
The angels were busy that day.