They got lost in a stormy Northern California forest after cutting down their Christmas tree on Sunday, December 14. Frederick Dominguez, 38, had taken his three children (Alexis, Christopher and Joshua) in his pickup truck to search for the evergreen. They were not prepared for what followed. Caught up in a blizzard, they left their truck to find some kind of shelter in what would be a snowstorm of several feet. They had no food, thin clothes and tennis shoes.
Imagine the joy of the Dominguez family (as well as the rescuers, other family and friends) when a search and rescue helicopter spotted the father frantically waiving his arms. They had spent several nights in a culvert. The father had prayed for “a cave, a shelter, for God to help us.” Help them, God did!
It’s interesting that the county emergency squad had to erect a blockade to thwart a group of well-meaning rescuers, who wanted to brave the elements and find the father and his three teenage kids. “Too risky,” the county workers said.
God anticipated the risk, counted the cost and concluded that sending His Son was worth the price of rescuing you and me! As Mary and Joseph welcomed their first child in a manger, heaven was celebrating the words of Isaiah:
“For to us a child is born
To us a son is given,
And the government will be on his shoulders
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
-Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor