Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Last night at about 2 a.m. we got an ambulance call. We were familiar with the patient and we knew we needed help lifting. I will be the first to admit I am a “do it yourselfer”. I will do everything within my power to not ask for help, and I do not just mean on ambulance calls. I used to wear that as a badge of honor, but have come to realize it is a fault. This is not a residence where I and one or two others can get the patient to the ambulance stretcher. There were three of us on the ambulance so we had the 911 center continue alerting Wiley Ford’s company since the call was in their direction. As we were on our way to the residence we heard 99 pound Jocy from Wiley Ford put one of their trucks in service to head our way. Renee and I looked at each other, both thinking, “Bless her heart, we’re gonna need more help than that.” Dispatch asked Jocy how many were on the truck. She said four. In unison, Renee and I shouted a victorious cheer. All went well on the call and the folks from Wiley Ford even came to the hospital to help us. We walked in to the hospital with friends who where going to see it through… helping us move the patient from our stretcher to the hospital bed.

The local volunteer EMS and fire departments call their neighboring departments “mutual aid companies”. For Short Gap, we primarily receive help from Wiley Ford, Fort Ashby, and Patterson Creek. And those three departments are almost always there for us, as evidenced by a 2 a.m. call for assistance last night. (A shout out to Ridgeley, Fountain, and Cresaptown who also help Short Gap, but are needed less frequently. And if I missed anyone more distant, my apologies as I only run the EMS side.)

Likewise, when these other departments fail to have a crew or need manpower, they call for our help. But the key is we have to be asked. We do not respond to a call to help Fort Ashby if they do not ask. Unless we are listening to the 911 radio traffic, we would not even know others have a call. They have to ask. But when we ask for help, 99% of the time we are going to receive help… even at 2 a.m.

At times in life we might feel alone. Sometimes we feel like there is nobody there for us. Yet, if we were being honest, most of the time we feel that way is because we have not reached out. When we just assume others should know, that is a trap set by the devil. Are people going to let us down? Sure. Are we going to let others down? I know I do. I do the best I can, but I cannot meet everyone’s needs. Sometimes it is not enough to reach out, but we have to keep reaching out. Sometimes Wiley Ford cannot help us so we ask Fort Ashby, and Chad Lindsay shows up… or Cheyenne… or Steven, one of the many others. If you need help, you have to ask.

The same goes for God. The Scripture says in Philippians 4:19: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” God will not always give us what we want, but He will never fail to give us what we need. And what we need most from Him is forgiveness to receive salvation. I pray that you have asked Him for that. He met that need on the cross with Jesus. All you have to do is ask.





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