Talk about divine intervention.

Last week, Jimmy MacDonald was a witness to the very popular phrase “God works in mysterious ways”. MacDonald, a drug counselor and recovering addict himself, was calmly kayaking in Lake George, near Albany. What was supposed to be a relaxing day turned into chaos after his kayak tipped over and he fell into the lake.

Jimmy was at the lake with his wife and stepkids but drifted away from them because he was taking some pictures with his phone and not paying much attention. Before he knew it, he was too far away from them, and as he was trying to make his way back, the water got choppier and he had to paddle harder. Unfortunately, he lost control of the kayak and tipped over, causing him to start drowning.

In an interview for WNYT, MacDonald described how, for several minutes, he continued struggling to get back in the kayak. “That’s when I said, ‘Alright, I think I might die today. I think this might be it.'” I prayed to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for help.”

Right when he thought he was facing the end, divine intervention arrived. And we mean this quite literally because the heroes of this story turned out to be a group of priests in a floating tiki bar. Greg Barrett from Tiki Tours, and the captain of the boat that saved Jimmy that day, also told his side of the story.

Jimmy MacDonald (far right) with his saviors © New York Post

Barrett, unlike most days, was piloting a group of priests and seminarians from the Paulist Fathers, a Catholic retreat on the lake. He mentioned that the first thing he saw was Jimmy’s paddle, and right after that one of his passengers said they heard a cry for help. He didn’t hesitate one bit and turned the boat towards him, eventually rescuing Jimmy from drowning.

Tiki Tour captain Greg Barrett and Jimmy MacDonald. © New York Post

After the tragedy had passed, MacDonald laughed in irony. “How funny is it that I’ve been sober for seven years and I get saved by a tiki bar?” Once again, God works in mysterious ways! At least the priests share this opinion because they had no doubt that it was part of God’s plan for them to be in that exact place, at that exact time to save someone in need.

Jimmy reckons that this experience was a lesson meant to show him that he’s in this world for a real reason. No matter how dark life can get, we must hold on to life until the very end. Praise the Lord!