Howard County, Indiana Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call one Saturday a few months ago. His six-year-old grandson, Mikey, had been hit by a car while fishing with his dad. The father and son were near a bridge by the Kokomo Reservoir when a woman lost control of her car, slid off the bridge and hit Mikey at about fifty miles per hour. The sheriff rushed to the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital to find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits.
"Mikey, what happened?" Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, "Well, Pawpaw, I was fishin' with Dad and some lady runned me over. I flew into a mud puddle and broke my fishin' pole and I didn't get to catch no fish."
As it happened, the impact threw Mikey a few hundred feet, over some small trees, an embankment and into a mud puddle. His only injuries were a broken right femur bone which had broken in two places. Mikey had surgery. Otherwise he is fine.
Since all Mikey could talk about was his broken fishing pole, the Sheriff went to Wal-Mart and bought him a new one. The next day, the Sheriff sat with Mikey to keep him company.
As Mikey enjoyed his new fishing pole and talked about going fishing. When they were alone, Mikey, matter-of-fact said, "Pawpaw, did you know Jesus is real? Really REAL?"
"What do you mean?" asked the Sheriff.
"I know He's real 'cause I saw Him," said Mikey. "Yep...When the lady runned me over and broke my fishin' pole, Jesus caught me in His arms and laid me down in the mud puddle!"
(UNITING MEN AND WOMEN, the magazine of United Methodist Men, Vol. 5, #3, Summer 2002, condensed and adapted)
"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone" (Psalm 91:11-12).