Search And Rescue

If you haven’t heard already, Greg and I were involved with rescuing an injured young man near the camp we have been managing this summer.  A family was staying in the pastor’s retreat cabin and had gone for a short hike.  One son (college age) decided to head down a different route.   On his way back he attempted to climb up a cliff.  A bolder gave way and he fell the remaining 20-25 feet.  When he landed he tried to get up and walk but only made it a few feet.  The  pain in his ribs, hip, and back area made it impossible to walk.  He found some brush and took cover.  This entire event is marked by the mercy of God.   After searching  and not knowing exactly where to look, his family found him ( miracle #1) .  The weather held and did not get too cold (miracle #2), and the radios they had brought reached up a cliff and all the way back to camp ( miracle #3).  His mom and sister returned to camp while his dad and brother stayed with him.   We called 911 and search and rescue was dispatched.  The rescue took several hours as  11 people  helped lift him on a cot up over the 60 ft cliff.   They brought him back to camp in an ambulance and a life flight helicopter from Billings took him from there.

I have gained a greater appreciation  for those who work in the “emergency help” field.  Fire fighters, ambulance drivers, paramedics, ER physicians, deputies, and search and rescue.  Yes, I’ve had personal experience with individuals in each of these fields this summer.   If I were to ask them how they feel about their heroism I’m not sure what they would answer.  I’m guessing they would simply say, “It’s just what we do.”  Most people who work in this field don’t necessarily feel heroic about it, but they do know there is great value in saving lives and helping people be safe.

 Greg and I have been told that we are heroes for adopting two of our kids.  I feel the same way.  Not heroic, but blessed by this opportunity.  It’s just what we do because of who we are.  Searching and rescuing, seeking and saving, feeding and caring.  It’s what christianity is all about.

James 1:27

The Message (MSG)

 26-27″Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.”

I also like how Stephen Curtis Chapman says it in his song “Do Everything”:

You’re picking up toys on the living room floor
for the 15th time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost
Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip and color on your lips
and head out the door
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

OOoh ooooh oooooh

Maybe you’re that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff big stuff in between stuff
God sees it all the same
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
We’ll let me remind you it all matters just as long as you do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
To do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do

Well maybe you’re sitting in math class
Maybe on a mission in the Congo
Maybe you’re working at the office
Singing along with the radio
Maybe you’re dining at a five-star 
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere you are
Whatever you do it all matters
So do what you do and don’t ever forget
to do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do

Ooh oooooh
Every little thing you do

Prayer: Lord, what ever we do today let us see that we do it all for the Glory of your name Jesus!

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One thought on “Search And Rescue

  1. good one, pam. i love that song. need to hear it one of these days!
    i’ll be back from where i am visiting by next writers’
    love
    suzee b.

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