God is the great communicator. He knows us each individually better than we know ourselves. He speaks to us in ways that best suit our individual personalities, and has done so from the beginning of time, literally.
For the apostle Thomas, also known through the centuries as “doubting Thomas,” Our Risen Lord told him to touch the marks left by the nails in his hands and the spear in his side at the Crucifixion just days earlier.
For two, 17-year-old Florida teens enjoying a class-wide skip day at Vilano Beach, near St. Augustine, their fun day took a turn for the unexpected and life-threatening.
Without warning, a strong current dragged the teens far from shore, and then farther and farther.
Nearly two hours passed as they managed to stay afloat, flailing and shouting for help. But at this point, Tyler Smith and Heather Brown had grown weak and exhausted. Hope dimmed.
They began praying with absolute abandon.
Their condition ocean had deteriorated so much that by the time they were pulled into the boat named Amen, Smith and Brown were shivering uncontrollably and could barely talk.
The crew covered the teens with blankets and towels. Luckily, the rescued pair warmed up and were talking normally about 10 minutes later, according to the boat crew.
Tyler Smith and Heather Brown weren’t the only ones whose faith was strengthened through this ordeal
Eric Wagner had purchased the “Amen” just six years ago. He couldn’t have imagined that the boat one day would be the answer to two Florida teenagers’ prayers. In fact, he had recently been considering renaming the boat.
And, just for the record, Wagner no longer plans to change the name of his boat.