Dramatic video has surfaced of men pulling a man and his two children out of a black truck that had flipped upside down in raging waters near Myrtle Texas on Saturday, April 30, 2017. People came across the vehicle caught up in a storm that hit that part of Texas over the weekend.
Several men waded into the rushing water and struggled to open the vehicle doors against the raging current. Finally, they were able to drag a baby and toddler out of the truck.
In the video, a man carries a lifeless baby to the shore. In an interview with WFAA-TV in Dallas, Tom Mitchell, who videoed the rescue said, “The infant is white, blueish grey, no color at all and the eyes were not focused when I looked down on her.”
Mitchel knew immediately that if they didn’t do something, this baby was going to die.
On video you hear him say, “This baby is going to die if we don’t start CPR fast” and then the video goes dark as he sticks his cell phone in his pocket.
Mitchel describes what happened next — a woman leaned in and prayed:
“Dear Jesus, please help this baby breathe. Dear Jesus please let this baby breathe.”
Mitchel told the TV station as soon as the woman uttered these words, the baby came to life.
“Well, the first prayer she said, I felt a response in that child,” said Mitchel.
Another man shouts “she is breathing.” The baby was alive though struggling to breathe and was rushed to the hospital. Rescuers were able to rescue the father and toddler as well.
After the video was posted on YouTube, predictably some posters showed up to mock the incident.
One person asked why everyone is thanking “god” since “a god” had nothing to do with it and attributed the rescue to the work of the people at the scene.
Yes it was a great job by the people, black and white, coming together to rescue a family who would have undoubtedly died without help. But even people at the scene recognized the effect of the woman’s prayer on the child.
It was no different from another prayer caught on tape of Tim Tebow praying for a man who suffered a seizure at a ball game. As Tebow prayed in Jesus’ name the seizure stopped.
In Mark 8, we read a curious statement that Jesus made about His disciples:
17 And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember. (Mark 8: 17-18 NASV)
A huge crowd had spent most of the day listening to Jesus speak. It was late and the disciples were wondering how they would feed this crowd of 4,000.
Jesus said because of the hardness of their hearts, even His disciples, believers, could not see, hear or even remember the miracles.
Why did Jesus say that?
Because two chapters earlier, Jesus had performed a miracle feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fishes (Mark 6:33-44) and here they were days later wondering how they were going to feed this crowd.
The hardness of heart explains how the Pharaoh did not see the hand of God in the plagues being brought against Egypt. Archaeologists have even found evidence of these great plagues describing them from an Egyptian perspective — Read: Does an ancient papyrus speak of the Exodus plagues from an Egyptian perspective? and Yet another confirmation of the Jews exodus out of Egypt?
The pharaoh continued to resist God until his own son was struck dead.
So miracles can happen and some people will not recognize them for what they are, because they either don’t want to see them or can’t.