The air care helicopter flew over my house as I headed to the kitchen for a second cup of coffee. I immediately started praying for the family, the patient and the medical staff treating him or her.
Every time I hear the helicopter I am transported back to April 15, 2010 when the patient was my father. Twice they lost him on that ride and twice they were able to revive him.
I pray for the family first because I can relate to them the most. I also know how the support of family keeps a patient fighting to stay alive. My mother and sisters were with him at the first hospital but I had to wait until my children drove home from work and school. We raced to Iowa City and beat the helicopter! He had family by his side until his death.
I have been totally housebound for six years now and once during my devotions I asked God, “Why?” A helicopter took off from the new hospital built a mile my home at that moment.
God told me one of the reasons was so I would always be available to pray when the helicopter was needed. When we go through difficult times God is always planning for it to be used in a way that will bring good.
Acts 8:1, 5, “…On that day a great and severe persecution broke out against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles (special messengers).” “Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people].”
“It was the deacon of that name, who comes next after Stephen in the catalogue of the seven, probably as being the next most prominent. The persecution may have been directed especially against Stephen’s colleagues.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II
God used the severe persecution as a way to start spreading the Gospel to the entire world.
“Tradition says he (the eunuch) was the first preacher of the Gospel in Ethiopia…” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II