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Lost Girl Happy Ending: Miracle or Man-Made … Does it Matter?

Posted on April 26 2010 12:12 pm
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In the last 24 hours I’ve seen two different television pieces about the little lost Florida girl.  11-year-old, mildly autistic Nadia Bloom had spent four days lost in dangerous gator infested swampland before being rescued by a volunteer searcher.

The TV interviews offer the first real insight into Nadia, who seems to be a precocious but regular kid.  The young Miss Bloom wears glasses and plastic headbands and just wanted to do a little exploring before her nightmarish 96 hour odyssey started.

America had watched as Nadia’s parents referenced their faith and belief in God while they waited for word about their little girl.  What America may not know is that the Blooms belonged to a so-called “bible based” church located in a former shopping center of suburban Orlando.

The disappearance of Nadia strongly affected the church of about 1,000 members, many of whom knew the Blooms and prayed for them during the long four days. And to the members of the Metro Church in Winter Springs, finding Nadia Bloom alive was a miracle — and proof that God is alive, too.

“I do think it was a miracle that this girl is still alive, and God directed us how to find her,” said Randy Green, one of the church’s pastors. “God led us to that girl. I believe that in all my heart.”

Nadia’s parents and family agree with the sentiment,

“God had his hands in this,” Nadia’s mother, Tanya Bloom, said during a news conference after Nadia was located. “We’re just blessed to have her back.”

But this story also raises two good question.  Namely:

  • Is there any such thing as a miracle?
  • Why do we distrust a happy ending?

I happen to believe in God, though as a formerly lapsed Catholic there have certainly been times that I didn’t understand what in the world He was thinking.  My faith in God is also stronger than my faith in my church, but that’s another subject entirely.  And so if finding Nadia “walks like a miracle” and “talks like a miracle”  I’m comfortable going with that.  Since none of us in this world are all-knowing or all-seeing I’m thinking we should err on the side of caution and grant this miracle status to those who believe that.

But on the other hand, when we first learned of Nadia’s miraculous return to safety, the first  fellow Floridian I encountered said,

“Well I certainly hope the guy who found her was legit and that he hadn’t abducted her in the first place.”

Wow.  That thought hadn’t even occurred to me.  But it did occur to many other people, including local enforcement who interviewed and vetted the church volunteer who found Nadia.  He has since been completely cleared and is now regarded as something of a local hero.  It is a sad statement though we can’t even trust the good guys any longer.

It doesn’t really matter if Nadia’s rescue was man-made good luck or a real miracle.  At least for a moment we can chalk something up on the right side of the ledger for a change.

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