This post is courtesy of Ron Gold.
Did you hear about little Nadia Bloom, an 11-year-old Florida girl with Asperger’s syndrome who was rescued yesterday after spending four days lost in a swamp? It’s definitely a feel good story, but I don’t see why the guy who found her has to call it a miracle:
While Nadia’s parents spoke with reporters in Florida, her rescuer, James King, was in New York making the rounds of television shows. He clutched a leather-and-gold Bible as he spoke with The Associated Press outside the Manhattan studios of “Inside Edition.”
“God led me to her,” King said before describing what he encountered as he searched the swamp. “You can slip and fall, there’s a lot of mud, and you can’t always see where you’re walking.”
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King said that as he got deeper into the wilderness looking for Nadia, he kept repeating verses from the Bible for guidance, including one from Proverbs that says, “Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding … And He will direct your paths.”
I’d say Mr. King is a hero, but not a miracle worker. If you know a girl has wandered into a swamp, and then find her in said swamp, is it really that unexpected? No, Yahweh did not save the day, it was simply the result of Mr. King’s hard work and perhaps some luck.
Furthermore, if little Nadia didn’t have to be hospitalized for dehydration and a bacterial infection, it would have been amazing, but still not a miracle. To be a miracle, something mind-blowing should have to occur. She was saved by angels who descended from Heaven and flew her to safety? Now that would be a miracle.
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