Scott hurried to get ready for the integrated math and science workshop he was taking, for teaching new curriculum for elementary students. The School fall term would soon be starting, and he was looking forward to getting back in the classroom. Grabbing his backpack, he dashed out the door and was soon on the crowded freeway leading to downtown Portland.
Scott and a few teachers he had met during the course of the class, decided to eat at one of the popular restaurants in downtown not far from Portland State University during the lunch break. It was perfect weather for eating out on the patio. Scott took a seat facing the street and the sidewalk. They looked at the delicious sounding dishes on the lunch menu, and made their choices.
As the group of teachers was chatting, Scott looked up and saw a woman walking slowly along the sidewalk, staggering a little. She stopped in front of the patio and bent over. Scott could tell she was in trouble. At first he wasn’t sure what was wrong and then it came to him. She was choking!
Without saying a word, he jumped up and ran over to the woman and stepped in back of her. She’s either going to slap me or thank me, he thought as he started to give her the Heimlich maneuver. His first try didn’t bring any results, so he did it again. Up came the food that had lodged in her throat. She gasped for air. Scott stood by her side until she was able to breathe normally. Still visibly shaken, she said, “Oh, thank you! I suddenly started choking on what I was eating, and wasn’t able to breathe. I couldn’t believe that it was happening to me! Thanks so much!”
As Scott made his way back to his table, he noticed that everyone was looking at him. “How in the world did you know that woman was choking?” asked one of the teachers. “Good job!”She paid for all of their luncheons in appreciation.
“I wasn’t sure at first, but then I suddenly knew what was wrong and what I needed to do,” he answered. After Scott had time to think about what had happened, he realized that it was the Holy Spirit who alerted him to what was wrong. He had never done the manuveour, but had seen it done.
Shortly afterward, the manager of the restaurant came over to Scott’s table, “I hear we have a hero in our midst!” he exclaimed with a big grin. He explained that the woman had contacted him and told him about Scott saving her life. She paid for all of their luncheons in appreciation.
The group of teachers could have picked any restaurant in Portland, but they chose this particular one. They could have eaten inside and avoided the traffic noise, but they chose to eat outside. If Scott had not been sitting where he could see the sidewalk, the woman might not have received help. When we get up in the morning, we don’t know what God has planned. He has reasons for directing our choices in what appears to be an ordinary day. “The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is of the Lord’s. Even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him” (Proverbs 16:33, Amplified Bible).