I don’t know how many of you have kept up with the story of Baby Lily this week, but if you haven’t, it is powerful. 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck was trapped in a car partially submerged in a Utah river for over 13 hours. Her mother was tragically killed in the accident, and the car wasn’t found until the next morning by a fisherman.
The story continues as the officers arrived on scene. As they rushed toward the overturned car, four officers state that they heard a distinct voice saying, “Help me”, which added to their urgency. When they reached the car, they realized there was no one inside capable of saying those words. The news released a video from the body cam of one of the police officers as they frantically ran to the overturned car and realized there was a baby inside.
I was transfixed by the power of this story and the resilience of this baby girl. Video afterwards shows a healthy, happy little girl singing with her father.
My heart goes out to the Groesbeck family for their tragic loss, and my heart rejoices in the well-being of their beautiful baby Lily. As I thought about Baby Lily and was overwhelmed by the miracle that occurred, I realized that we are not alone. Baby Lily wasn’t alone. I read the comments on KSL and many of the readers believe it was her momma watching out for her until help could come. And help did come.
It was a reminder for me that even in the very midst of tragedy, miracles happen. They don’t happen on command, or even every time we pray for them, but they happen.
I read in 2 Kings 6 a few weeks ago. Elisha was in contention with the King of Syria. The King had had enough, and was ready to put all this nonsense to an end. So, the King “…sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host; and they came by night, and compassed the city about…both with horses and chariots” (Kings 6:14-15).
From here, I will let Jeffrey R. Holland tell the story:
If Elisha is looking for a good time to be depressed, this is it. His only ally is the president of the local teachers quorum. It is one prophet and one lad against the world. And the boy is petrified. He sees the enemy everywhere–difficulty and despair and problems and burdens everywhere….With faltering faith the boy cries, “Alas, my master! How shall we do?
And then comes Elisha’s reply:
And in verse 17: “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountainwas full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
We are not alone. Baby Lily wasn’t alone. There may be times when we cannot see with our physical eyes any help around. We may feel that the world is surrounding us with fear, trials, and negativity. It may seem that we can’t carry on anymore.
Not every story ends with a miracle, as baby Lily’s did. Sometimes the miracle doesn’t seem to appear in those dark moments. But never forget, God is at the helm. Faith and hope can carry us through dark times.
And, the angels that we cannot see.
Happy Sunday, everyone!
Quote by Jeffrey R. Holland taken from “For Times of Trouble” a talk given at Brigham Young University on 18 March 1980