The Angels Among Us

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts,” Mary Baker Eddy.

An 18-month-old baby who survived after her mother’s vehicle veered off the road and landed upside down in a river has captured headlines in recent days, but there’s a mysterious element to the story. Lily Groesbeck was found alive in an overturned car after a crash in which the vehicle plunged into a river in Spanish Fork, Utah.

It was not until 14 hours after the crash that a fisherman stumbled upon the car and alerted emergency personnel. Rescuers rushed down to the car, four police officers all say they heard the same thing: a voice calling out, begging for help.

But they can’t explain who that voice was, because the baby’s mother, Lynn Groesbeck, died shortly after impact, and the voice they heard was too mature to be the toddler.

It brings to mind Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:17 where God’s voice was heard, “And behold! There was a voice out of the heavens saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” There were those who heard the voice, others who heard ‘thunder,’ and still others who heard nothing.

“When we all talked together, I said, ‘Was I the only one that was hearing this?’ thinking that I was hearing things,” Tyler Beddoes, one of the officers who rescued the toddler, explained. “And when I talked to the other officers, we all had heard the same thing, a voice saying, ‘Help us. Help me.'”

He added that he’s been laying awake at night thinking: “For two nights I’ve laid awake trying to figure out exactly what it could be. All I know is it was there, we all heard it. It was extra motivation.”

Another officer described the same thing.

“The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car,” said Officer Jared Warner. “To me, it didn’t sound like a child’s voice.”

Backing up his comment was fellow rescuer Officer Bryan DeWitt.

“It felt like I could hear someone telling me, ‘I need help,’” DeWitt added. “It was very surreal, something that I felt like I could hear.”

The officers say the calls for help pushed them to work even harder to right the car. After they flipped the vehicle, they discovered only a deceased woman and her child, inside.

“We were just able to push the car onto its side. How, I don’t know, whether it’s adrenaline or what. But it was incredible,” Dewitt continued. “As I grabbed the little baby out of the car seat, as I pulled her head up, I could tell that there was some life in her. I could see her eyes open.”

Lily remains in hospital and her family says she’s going to be okay. Police are still trying to figure out what caused the accident.

As 13th Century theological thinker, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

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