There are days when you know you love your job, and I bet that’s how this 911 operator felt after getting a phone call from a little boy in need of help:
Did you hear the part where the man asked “What kind of math”? It’s like he’s trying to decide, “Should I dispatch the Simple Arithmetic Unit or does this case call for the elite Quadratic Equation Squad? Quick, someone get me a calculator!”
An Even Easier Call For Help
Did you know that 911 emergency telephone service originally started with 999 being the number to call? According to one article, it was first used in the United Kingdom back in 1937 with the number making its way to North America the next year at the direction of the Mayor of Winnipeg.
The idea of calling out for help goes back even farther, of course. King David called on God for help way back around 1000 BCE:
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears. (Psalm 18:6.)
This same help is available to us as well. In his last conversation with his friends, after dinner mere hours before his arrest and execution, Jesus said:
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. (John 14:16-17.)
Jesus said our help, the One who stands up for us, is with us now and forever? Yes. When we seek truth, we turn to him who is the Spirit of Truth himself. And we don’t need a cell phone or internet access. He is not only with us, but Jesus went on to say:
… he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:17.)
So while that little boy found the help he needed at the other end of the telephone, God tells us to look to him who is always right here with us – the Holy Spirit – for the help we need to live in Jesus.
It’s better than 911, and easier than 1-2-3.