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Are You Too Late?

A surgeon was awakened by a Phone call at 2:30 one cold, frigid winter morning. The nurse on the line explained that an eight-year-old boy had been hit by a car and was bleeding profusely. The emergency physician had determined that unless the boy was operated on immediately, he would not survive.

The surgeon threw on his clothes and rushed out into the sub-zero weather. He scraped his car's windshield just enough to be able to see where he was going and started the icy five-mile trip to the hospital. Each time he stopped at a red light he opened his car door and leaned out just enough to scrape a little more ice from the windshield.

At one intersection, about a mile and a half from the hospital, the surgeon noticed a man wearing a brown coat and an old green hat impatiently trying to cross the street. As the surgeon leaned out of his car, the man rushed over to him, grabbed him by his coat, and pulled him to the ground. The surgeon tried to put up a fight but was no match for the burly, and apparently desperate man. While the surgeon struggled to his feet, the man jumped in the surgeon's car and drove away. Unhurt, the surgeon hurried to a phone booth nearby and called for a cab. Twenty minutes later he finally made it to the hospital.

"Where's the boy who was hit by the car?" he asked one of the nurses as he hurried through the emergency room.

The nurse's eyes welled up with tears. "We couldn't stop the bleeding," she said. "He died just a few minutes ago. His parents are still in the waiting area. They can't understand why it took you so long to get here. Maybe you had better talk to them."

The surgeon took a deep breath and walked out into the waiting area. A woman in a long red coat was sitting in the middle of the room, sobbing silently into her hands. Behind her, a man stood with his hand on her shoulder. His head was bowed and his eyes were closed.  He was wearing a brown coat and an old green hat!

The boy's father in his rush to get to the hospital, had pushed aside the one man who could have saved his son's life. How many people rush through life pushing aside the Great Physician - the only one who is capable of saving their life? Jesus alone can bring healing and hope to broken lives, broken families, and broken relationships. It's our job to make sure the world knows who He is so they can receive Him rather than turn Him away.

"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved " (Acts 4:12).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward