Last month, at Tim’s Ford Lake near Winchester Tennessee, an eight year old boy was riding an innertube being pulled behind a boat. When the tube crossed the wake of another boat, it flipped, and the child landed face-down and was rendered unconscious. Fortunately, a man named Brandon in a nearby boat witnessed this and went to assist. He pulled the boy from the water and began CPR. Brandon turned out to be the only one nearby who knew CPR, and ended up doing so for 30 minutes before the child expelled about a quart of water and regained consciousness. Shortly thereafter, he was placed in the care of emergency personnel and reunited with his family.

Had Brandon not been there to assist, it’s unlikely that the young man would have survived. However, God knew that this situation would occur before the foundation of the world, and placed Brandon there as a means of rescue. Years prior this incident, Brandon himself had also needed rescue, and through his time at Paul Anderson Youth Home, God provided Brandon with the help he needed.

None of us know the details of God’s plan for our lives, but we do know that as Christians He has called us to be agents of rescue to those who do not know Him, and to share His love and message of salvation with everyone we meet. Like Esther, we are called to make what difference we can; whatever the specifics of the situation, we can rest assured that God has placed us in it “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

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