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Dan Thiem

What if?

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This is a copied e-mail my wife sent to some of our friends explaining an event that happened last night. I thought I would share it with FM.

God working in our lives.

Alex and I had an experience yesterday that shows us that God really knows what He is doing!

I was sitting in the cashier's office at work when the thought came to me that I should take Alex fishing down at the Green Bridge. I thought about the things we had to do that night but none of it seemed as important as fishing with Alex at the Green Bridge. Night crawlers, tackle box, and poles in hand we made it there by 4:30, just in time for the little bass to start biting. There was a man and 2 young boys fishing around us and all was good. Some time later the bite slowed down and Alex and I were sitting there in the shallow water just fishing and talking. The man and his boys must have decided to call it a day and were heading across the river to get back to their vehicle. It happened all of a sudden, one of the boys lost his footing and fell into a drop-off and started going down with the current. He was screaming for help and his brother started after him. I looked at Alex and said "Go help him." I can't swim but, knew that Alex could. Alex dove into the water and got to the boy just in time. The child was terrified and his instinct was to grab onto Alex. Just as Alex pushed the child up and out of the water, the child pushed Alex under. Alex got a huge breath full of water but managed to push the boy towards shore. Alex screamed to me "Mom, get out here, I'm going to die." All I could say was "Keep swimming, you will be OK." The boy was yelling that he couldn't make it but, I kept telling him he could and that he was almost there. The second child had now made it to where Alex was and Alex tried to help him. Turns out that child could swim so they were both able to get to shallow water just as I reached the hand of the first boy. It was all over in less than a minute, but seemed to last forever. I was screaming at the dad to help us and couldn't figure out why he wouldn't. He finally came down river to where we all stood shaking with adrenaline and fear and only then did I come to realize he was deaf. He thanked us and they left. Alex and I decided we had had enough of the river for the day and went home.

So many what ifs have gone through my mind after the fact. But in reality, God had the entire situation under control. He knew there was no what if. Had either Alex or not made it back home last night, we would be in our eternal home with God and that is so comforting to know.

I hope our experience reassures you that God is really the one in control of our lives.

Tell the people you love that you love them and thank God for His love.

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Bravery & courage come to mind....a heartfelt story (for both your family & the other) that should be passed onto Olmsted County - DT....your son deserves a high five & further recognition.

Best,

JD

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..your son deserves a high five & further recognition.


That is a fact! How old is your boy? You should be very proud of his actions. I'm glad everyone is ok. God definately works in many ways.

CA

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What a brave thing to do. I'am sure everyone involved will never forget it and the other mans family is very grateful and thankfull. Yes, God is always watching over us even if we dont believe so.

Thank the young man and tell him thanks from all of FM for being the man that he was.

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Way to go Alex!! You are a hero!

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How old is your boy?


Alex just turned 15 in April. We are proud of him. B.T.W. he is also an FM'er and his handle is Young Gun if anybody has ever seen any of his posts.

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I have seen his posts, especially about his new bow. Sounds like a brave and strong young man. Good for him. Heroes aren't always made. He had an instinct and acted very well for someone his age. Congrats and I'm glad to hear everyone is okay.

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Your son is a brave young man! Thanks for sharing your story with us all.

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Dan,

Awesome actions and THANKS for sharing it with us. Alex turned out just like the old man, I must say. Whenever someone's in need, I knew they could count on you since the first day I met you both. Simply awesome!

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Ata Boy Young Gun... I got goose bumps all over!

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Way to go Young Gun. We're all very proud of you young MAN!!!!

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