“God literally led us to this place. It was not on my itinerary, I was not trying to go there, we just drove by. It was divine intervention, 100 percent,” he said.”
What the cynics so quick to dismiss ‘thoughts and prayers’ forget is that those ‘thoughts and prayers’ very often translate into specific action. In this case, several hours of active searching for a missing little girl.
Although they hadn’t spoken in years, Jeff had been childhood friends with the Salem Sabatka’s parents. And the news about their daughter reached him through a horrifying text.
When Jeff King, pastor at Bear Creek Bible Church first heard about the 8-year-old girl’s abduction from Fort Worth, he took action. He didn’t have much to go on, other than a tip of some of the best places to start looking for the car described in the news release.
Hotels. Apartments. Parks.
Not much to go on, but it was better than nothing.
He started his sweep of the area at about 6:30 pm. He was working from a list of likely spots.
He and a friend started canvassing Fort Worth looking for the suspect’s car. They searched until after midnight when they got a tip from someone that they should check out a hotel in Forest Hill. When they arrived they found nothing but they then drove by the Wood Springs Suites hotel nearby and pulled into the parking lot.
“We started looking at different cars like they were suggesting. We saw one car and were like, ‘It’s got to be this car.'” King said.
King called police and it was just a matter of time before they figured out the girl was inside of the hotel and they were able to rescue her. He said he’ll never forget the moment he learned they had located the little girl.
“It was a crazy moment. I asked police, ‘Did I hear that right? Did they find her? Is she safe?’ he said. “Then finally one officer said, ‘Yes sir, they have her.”
And he got the best reward you could ask for in a situation like this. He got to make the call:
Police allowed King to be the one to call the girl’s parents and tell them the little girl had been found alive. He said there’s no explanation for why they pulled into the parking lot of that hotel, which was miles away from where she had been abducted, other than divine intervention.
“God literally led us to this place. It was not on my itinerary, I was not trying to go there, we just drove by. It was divine intervention, 100 percent,” he said.
And the pastor was humble enough to give credit where it was due. What some might write off as a ‘fluke’ or a ‘lucky hunch’, he ascribed to Divine Aid. And why wouldn’t he?
A God who exists can obviously DO things. Why should guiding those who are looking for his help be a ‘stretch’? And while we’re on the topic of Christians stepping up and living out their faith —
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