The Call That Awakened My Heart & Opened My Arms by Elizabeth Clark
My workday started off quite warm as it often does in South Florida. I was apprised of situations and possible perpetrators to be on the lookout for during my 12-hour shift. Then I proceeded to check out my police cruiser and equipment. Since becoming a believer, I found this to also be a good time to "check out my spirit."
I said a quick and silent prayer asking God to protect my fellow officers and me and to use me to help others in my job that day.
The usual emergencies arose as I began my patrol. Much of the first part of my shift was spent responding to calls for help. Some were routine calls that came after situations had occurred, and some were highly volatile situations, which held an element of danger.
But my most profound call on this day involved a third type of “call,” which required immediate action to save a young life.
Just ahead of my police cruiser, a vehicle suddenly swerved as it approached an intersection. As the car cleared and my view opened up, I could not believe my eyes! There stood a child who looked to be about 14 -16 months old. He was wearing nothing but what appeared to be a fully saturated diaper hanging down around his knees. And the only thing that I could imagine in that moment was that God had placed angels around him, protecting him from oncoming cars in all directions.
It was early dawn, and the little boy had one adult size "flip flop" on his foot, an empty bottle in one hand, and his other hand was rubbing his eye. His was filthy, and his little belly bulged out over his sagging diaper.
I immediately turned on my emergency lights, stopping traffic as I pulled closer to the child. My heart raced at the thought of what I almost witnessed. I thought of my own children, overwhelmed with gratitude that they were safe. But even more, I felt all the love that God had given to me flowing toward this little child.
In Mark10:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." In verse 16 He said, "And He took the children in his arms, put His hands on them and blessed them."
To say that it was an honor to be used as Jesus' arms that day is an understatement.
I ran toward this little child, who appeared frozen like a deer in the headlights. I swept him up and took him with me to the safety of my patrol car and eventually to the local hospital.
In my wildest imagination, I could not have perceived God answering my prayer earlier that day in such a dramatic way. He not only allowed me to be His arms, but He lit a spark deep within me that grew into a full flame.
He used this pivotal moment to prompt our family to become a licensed foster family. Over the past 12 years, God has allowed my husband and I to foster over 200 children. We have literally been able to put our hands on them and bless them as Jesus did in Mark 10:16.
Little did I know that God would use saving a little child that day to move my heart to open my home to children of all races and backgrounds.
In James 1:27, we are told that "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
A word of encouragement: Whatever your job, wherever you live, Jesus is still looking for His arms and hands to be applied to daily situations. I hope you will be inspired to keep your eyes and, most of all, your hearts wide open.
James 2:14,17 says, "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? . . . In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
Elizabeth Clark is a former high school teacher and Broward County, Florida police officer. She home-schooled her four biological children for 12 years before becoming a flight attendant for a major airline, where she currently works. Elizabeth is also a leader for ARMS - Abuse Recovery Ministries & Services, a biblically-based outreach that teaches women the truth of who they are in Christ and how the Lover of their souls desires they be treated. Elizabeth earned a bachelor's degree in Health & Physical Education from the University of Mississippi, her home state. She currently lives in Washington State and enjoys whale watching, writing, speaking and reading Karen Kingsbury novels.