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Boy Who Was Saved From an Alligator-Because His Mom Would Not Let Go-Unproven!
of the eRumor A little boy
went swimming one afternoon in a lake next to his home in Florida.
His mom was watching from her window and saw an alligator swimming
for the boy. She got to the dock just in time to grab her son
by the arms, but the alligator grabbed him by the legs. She
tugged on one end while the alligator tugged on the other until a
farmer heard their screams and shot the alligator. The little
boy survived and later told a newspaper reporter that in addition to
the scars on his legs from the alligator, he had scars on his arms
because his mother would not let go. The email uses the story
as an illustration of the fact that God will not let go of us, even
though there sometimes may be scars from what we've gone through.
TruthOrFiction.com has found
no source for this story or any evidence that it is real.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Some years ago on a
hot summer day in south Florida a little boy decided to go for a swim in
the old swimming hole behind his house.
In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving
behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not
realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was
swimming toward the shore. His mother - in the house was looking out the
window - saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter
fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.
Hearing her voice,
the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It
was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.
From the dock, the
mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched
his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The
alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too
passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams,
raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.
weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were
extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal and, on his
arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she
reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show
him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride,
he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars
on my arms, too. I have them because my mom wouldn't let go."
You and I can
identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an
alligator, or anything quite so dramatic. But, the scars of a painful
past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep
But, some wounds,
my friend, are because God has refused to let go.
In the midst of
your struggle, He's been there holding on to you.
teaches that God loves you.
If you have Christ
in your life, you have become a child of God.
He wants to protect
you and provide for you in everyway.
But sometimes we
foolishly wade into dangerous situations. The swimming hole of life is
filled with peril - and we forget that the enemyis waiting to attack.
That's when the tug-o-war begins - and if you have the
scars of His love on your arms be very, very grateful.
He did not - and
will not - let you go.
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