KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2014

God's 9-1-1

By Chantal J. Klingbeil

Summer wouldn’t be quite as much fun without water. Some people head for the beach, others for the pool, and for those of us who can’t there is always the option of a water fight in the backyard. Of course, you can never be too careful around water. Water can be dangerous. Take the story of little Willie, for example.

Willie White and FamilyWillie White was about two years old. In the kitchen stood a big tub of soapy water for scrubbing the kitchen floor. Willie took a little stick and began to push it around in the tub of water. Jenny, who was helping Ellen White in the kitchen, went out to get some wood for the cookstove. When she came back into the kitchen, she wondered where Willie had gone. Then she looked at the tub of water and was horrified to see a little foot sticking out of the water. She started screaming as she pulled him out. Mrs. White, who was in the next room, came running. Willie’s face was already purple. Today, we would immediately call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. But in 1856 none of that existed. Mrs. White, however, knew that help is always just a prayer away.

She grabbed Willie and ran outside. Cutting off his wet clothing, she began to roll him in the grass. As she rolled him, she prayed. Soapy water from the tub began to come out of Willie’s mouth. Neighbors gathered to watch the drama. Many of them said the boy was dead and that Mrs. White should stop rolling him. But she went right on praying and rolling Willie. After many long minutes Willie’s eyelids began to flutter, and Mrs. White knew he was alive. Soon little Willie opened his eyes and smiled.

Willie White would grow up to be an important church leader and have seven children of his own. He was sure to tell them about his water adventure, but he also reminded his children of the fact that no matter what the emergency, God’s help is always just a prayer away.