Everyday heroes are ordinary people

responding to extraordinary circumstances

Linda Fode
Feb 19 · 6 min read
Source Calgary Herald, June2013

Everyday Heroes are ordinary people responding to extraordinary situations.

We love stories about heroes. They are the seemingly larger than life men or women who do great things against great odds.

Heroes are often featured on the evening news for days or weeks.

Their stories inspire us and often become the symbol of defining moments in our lives.

The truth is that most heroes are ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances.

The fireman rescuing the elderly lady is Shawne Wiebe from Nanton, Alberta.

You’ve probably never heard of Shawne or Nanton and the lady remains nameless. Yet this image went viral!

Shawne became the ‘poster boy’ for thousands of everyday heroes in our community.

In June 2013, our area was devastated by floods of epic proportions. It was the worst natural disaster in Canadian history.

Our son’s acreage was the epicentre of the flood . Lowell,Terra, the dog and a baby deer escaped within two minutes of their lives.

Unnamed men, women and children from near and far away came to aid in the cycle of rescue, recovery, repair, rebuilding and restoration.

They gave of their time, strength and resources to shovel mud, clean up basements and get rid of mountains of trash.

They provided food, water and shelter.

They opened up their homes and hearts to total strangers. Relationships formed during those dark days continue to thrive.

The lady in the picture made the comment that it had been a long time since she had been swept off her feet by a handsome young man.

Good job Shawne!

Everyday Heroes

As I reflect on the stories from those devastating days, I remember that many said that the simple gifts of presence and comfort were what got them through.

Simple acts of just stopping and listening made a huge difference.

In the midst of mess and loss there was humour and laughter.

There was joy as we dug through mud and rubble. We even shared a beer or two!

Everyday heroes 2020 edition

Christmas is long gone . A quote from ‘The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe’ describes our circumstances in Calgary over these last couple of months.

It’s always winter and never Christmas.

In January temperatures hovered around -32C for days. That is definitely on the chilly side! It’s now mid-February and my street still looks like this:

The crazy thing about Canadians is that there is nothing like a good weather crisis to bring us together and improve our mood.

We talk with excitement to the perfect strangers we meet in stores, at gas stations and especially at “Timmy’s” ( Tim Horton’s for you non-Canadians, eh!)

We grumble a lot but we actually miss the drama of storms when they end. We miss the bonding.

So how can I be an everyday hero in 2020?

My faith is being challenged.

Political correctness still disables the words ‘Merry Christmas’.

Economic challenges haven’t changed.

The Middle East has erupted.

American politics confuses me . Fox News? CNN? MSN? Who do I believe? Why should it matter – I’m Canadian!

(Note to self: Watch your tone , Linda. Be nice- you are Canadian. Eh!)

What does it take to be an ‘Everyday Hero’ in 2020?

What does living by faith look like in troubling times?

Where do we find comfort, peace and joy?

I believe we can find the answer by taking a careful look at the life of Joseph.

Joseph was a good man

He was engaged (betrothed) to a young girl called Mary. In those days betrothal was as legally binding as marriage. The only way to break a betrothal was divorce.

Mary was pregnant. She was telling a wild story of the baby being conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jewish law stated that she should have been stoned to death.

Being a good man, Joseph didn’t report her and didn’t want to disgrace her publicly.

He decided to break the engagement quietly; he decided to divorce her.

Then Joseph had a dream.

Mary and Zechariah had visits from and conversations with angels.

The Wise Men followed a new Star.

The Shepherds saw myriads of angels and the radiance of the Glory of God.

Joseph just had dreams

In the first dream he was told to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife. He was told that the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

The angel in the dream repeated the information that a real angel had communicated to Mary.

In my opinion, an angelic visitation outweighs a dream about an angel one hundred times over.

Was the dream just a reflection of what Joseph wanted to believe?

In his hurt and devastation had his subconscious just made it up?

Joseph obeyed

Scriptures tell us that there were at least two other dreams giving Joseph specific instructions.

In each case Joseph obeyed.

The wise men who brought amazing gifts had left to return to their own countries.

Tradition and astronomy indicates that these events were up to two years after the birth of Jesus.

The Wisemen’s gifts funded future adventures.

Mary and Joseph had probably settled down in Bethlehem or maybe gone home to Nazareth. Joseph had probably opened another carpenter shop.

They were far away from the wagging tongues. The rumours about the illegitimate child had settled down.

The little family were getting used to their new normal.

Then Joseph had another dream

“Pack up! Leave your country, your culture and go to Egypt” said the angel in the dream.

What was Joseph’s response?

Instant obedience!

I would love to have heard the conversation between Joseph and Mary as they packed up; leaving their home, friends and community once again.

Their destination, Egypt was definitely not on the Jewish favorite places list.

And yet off they went.

This time, there was no emotion driving the response to the dream.

In fact it was probably more difficult to respond this time because there wasn’t an immediate crisis.

Joseph was a hero

• He had faith.

• He obeyed.

• He led his family.

• He took responsibility

• He died before Jesus triumphed over the Enemy on the Cross

• He never saw the fulfillment of the Promise.

Heroes are heroes because

• They act instinctively

• They act quickly

• They have hearts that trust

• They don’t debate the issues.

• They hear God

Like Abraham they believe God and it is credited to them as righteousness

Joseph was an everyday hero

Because he believed that an angel spoke to him all of history and all of eternity was forever changed.

The purposes of the Father established before the foundation of the earth are kept in motion by ‘Everyday Heroes’

A Fresh Look At Everyday Heroes

Look again at Shawne’s picture.

The setting is a flooded river.

A little old lady was rescued from certain death in the arms of a young fireman.

She doesn’t remember the danger, the fear or the loss .

She remembers the joy of being swept off her feet by a smiling young man.

A Ordinary Firefighter Became An Everyday Hero

Simply By Being There At Just The Right Time

He Brought Comfort & Joy To An Un-named Elderly Lady

Your Turn

Who have been your ‘Everyday Heroes’ ?

Take time to re- connect with them this month.

Let them know how they made a difference in your life.

Take time to sit quietly in the presence of the Father today.

Listen for His voice.

Let Him remind you of all the ways you haven been a Joseph.

Let Him remind you of all the ways you are an ‘Everyday Hero’.

I look forward to hearing your story. You can connect with me at Virtually Yours: Connecting Hearts.

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