Ashton and I witnessed a scary moment and a miracle at Stingray Bay.
We just got to the pool in Huntley and put on sunscreen. Moments after, we heard the whistles from the lifeguards and saw them point to someone in the pool.
And suddenly one of the lifeguards lunged into the pool and pulled one and then another lifeless little girl out of the water. I immedietely began praying out loud and asking God for a miracle. And then I noticed a lady praying right next to me.
The lifeguards moved all of us into the grass and asked us to sit down. I kneeled next to my new-found prayer partner and we literally cried out to God to save these two little girls.
It seemed like an eternity as lifeguards surrounded the girls on the pool deck and performed CPR. Police, paramedics and firefighters began to arrive on the scene and an eery stillness settled over the pool even as the sun continued to beat down in the July heat.
Just then Opa called. “Dad, can you please pray with us right now? Two young girls are laying lifeless on the pool deck.” My father-in-law, a pastor, agreed to pray. I put my phone on speaker as he boldly prayed, “In Jesus name, I declare these girls are breathing again and coming back to life.”
We agreed with him for a miracle. Right after I hung up the phone, the younger girl sat up on the pool deck. And she was breathing! Yet the other girl still lay lifeless and they loaded her onto a strecher. I continued to pray with my new friend until they wheeled the girl into the ambulance.
The loud speaker interrupted our thoughts. . .“The pool will now be closing. Please make your way to the exit.” I turned to the lady and introduced myself. I found out her name is Mrs. Vandy and she is a 5th grade teacher at our children’s school. Her older children were actually working at the pool and her son was one of the mangagers on duty.
As we walked slowly out the exit, we saw one shaky lifeguard with a half smile, who was fighting back tears. She leaned in close to Mrs. Vandy. “We aren’t supposed to make an official announcement yet, but we heard that both girls are going to be ok. They both made it!”
Whew! Sweet relief. It seemed like ten minutes or more that those girls laid there lifeless. Everything looked so hopeless. But God showed up on the scene, He heard and answered our prayers. It was a miracle! I realized that day that we all need to continue to partner with God and that He needs prayeramedics everywhere.