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“God Leads His Dear Children Along”
THE NIGHT it happened I was working my first twelve-hour shift as a rookie with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department. I had already worked nine hours and was having ...

“GOD LEADS HIS DEAR CHILDREN ALONG”

Deputy Dave Newell (Ret.)

Sarpy County, NE, Sheriff’s Department

THE NIGHT it happened I was working my first twelve-hour shift as a rookie with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department. I had already worked nine hours and was having trouble staying alert. The next assignment on my shift called for me to go to a location about ten miles to the west. I remember so clearly stopping and praying, “God, I’m new at this job, and I’m asking you to guide me throughout my career. Please put me in places where I’m needed, and lead me to where you want me to be, starting now.”

As mystical as it may sound, God clearly impressed on me to go southbound on 36th Street. I remember laughing in my cruiser and thinking, “Wow, Lord, go south to go west? Okay, whatever you say,” wondering if it was really the Lord or if I’d had one cup of coffee too many. With that I decided to drive south to the river and take the back roads west to my next assignment.

About a half mile from the river, I observed the underside of an upside-down car in a ditch. People occasionally park near these ditches when their rural neighborhoods have parties, but I thought it might be worth taking a look. When I turned on the side lights on my cruiser to check it out, the first thing I saw was a sheared-off telephone pole with a car wrapped around it. As my lights illuminated the vehicle window I saw the bloodied face of a woman pinned inside; she looked to be in great agony. The hair on my neck stood on end—it’s one thing to have advance notice of such a wreck and prepare yourself mentally, but quite another to come across it unexpectedly!

The lady, Tammy, was responsive to my questions, so I hurriedly called for emergency services. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate her from the car, and then she was rushed to the hospital. There, Tammy was told she would not have lived if she’d been found much later. After my sergeant arrived on the scene he patted me on the back and said, “Congratulations, Dave, you saved her life!” Although I tried to explain that it was God, not me, I’m not sure he understood that. Some folks just have trouble understanding that God still leads his children along.

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