I have been told that as a parent I will experience times of great joy, sadness, happiness, and a whole range of other emotions. This past weekend I faced the emotion of “fear”.

I have never been more scared as a parent or as an individual as I did this past Sunday afternoon. We were at our church BBQ and my 3 year old son, [R]uebin, was hanging around the in-ground swimming pool. I was watching him pretty closely and saw that he was walking near the deep end of the pool watching the “bigger” kids play.

I walked over to him and just asked him to go back to the other end by the stairs because he could accidentally fall in. Now [R]uebin usually obeys immediately when he is asked to do something, so I didn’t think much about it and took my eyes off him for just a brief moment.

All of the sudden there was commotion taking place behind me and as I turn around I see that a man had jumped into the water to save a drowning child. Then I realized that drowning child was mine! [R]uebin had gotten to close too the edge of the pool and had fallen in!

My heart was racing, and I rushed over to my son and helped him out of the water. He was conscious and crying, but when we turned him over, he began to spit up a bunch of water. He was obviously shaken up, but seemed okay. I took him away from everyone and just held him closely making sure that he was okay.

When we returned home that evening I told [R]uebin that we are going to pray to Jesus and thank him for his protection and for the man that saved his life. [R]uebin then stated that he was trying to talk under the water. I asked him what he was trying to say, and he simply responded “I was calling for you, I was saying “daddy, daddy”.

My heart broke a little when I heard this, and needless to say I started crying with my son in my arms. In a time when my son was most in danger and helpless he was calling out for me, his daddy. And even though I couldn’t hear his cries, another daddy did, our Heavenly Daddy.

I’m thankful for God’s awesome protection for my family. I’m thankful for the man, Pat Goetz, who didn’t hesitate and jumped right into the water to save my son. I’m thankful that even during one of the most “scariest” moments of not just my “parenthood”, but in my entire life, God was there.

I’m thankful that we have a Heavenly Father who is just waiting for us to call out to him, “Daddy, Daddy”…

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

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  1. Cheryl Presnell says:

    Seth, I had to cry when I read this. I know you were so afraid and that you are so thankful to God for His love and protection. Please give that precious boy a hug from me. Hope to get to see him in person soon.

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