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January 23, 2010

Elevator Fall

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

In my word studies, my book Protected recounts many times God has protected me.  I also suggest many ways that God intervenes  to protect and care for His children.  Perhaps one day in the future I will share those various ways, but I want to share many of these stories.  As I share each one, I will give reference to past writings in the event you did not read my blog on that day.  (Writings of this subject: December 19, 2009 – Angels at Christmas; January 2, 2010 – Rescue at the Quarry)

As a young man, I worked in a large department store in Atlanta in the receiving department.  We would unload and unpack merchandise from clothing to appliances.  There was a large freight elevator used to transport these items to the various floors.  The receiving department was closed on Saturdays while the retail part of the store was open for the busiest day of the week.  Because of this, there was a need for someone to be in the receiving department to deliver special items that might be purchased.  Because of overtime pay, I volunteered for the job. That meant that during the day I would move items to various locations in the store.  The freight elevator was my responsibility.  It was an old elevator with rough walls and no interior door.  You had to be careful not to allow your arms to touch the sides of the shaft.

The elevator predated the present codes that require many safety features.  It did not even have some of the protection of the passenger elevators because it was simply built to transport freight.  One day I was leaving the seventh floor of the store and going to the basement.  As I moved the lever forward to descend in the elevator, I immediately sensed that it was moving at a faster speed than normal.  Within seconds I realized that the elevator was out of control.  Before I could react, I saw the first floor, then the basement, and subbasement floors.  I knew the elevator would hit bottom.  And that it did!  Within  minutes of coming to a crashing stop, I realized that I was standing, and had received no injury. This fall actually was measured as a nine-story fall.  As people scrambled to provide rescue, all marvelled at the fact that I could walk away with absolutely no harm. 

Now I ask, “How is that possible?  No one can fall that distance in an elevator and sustain no injury.”  My conclusion is it was God! However, I must confess it was not my response at that time of my life.   But now I know!  Yes, my God, my Heavenly Father, who has unlimited power, who can be everywhere at one time, and who can rescue and protect, was there with me.  Again, it is to praise Him that I convey this experience.

Consider some circumstance in your life where you can look back and exclaim, “God was with me!  I perhaps did not recognize it at the time, but I see now that He was there and He protected me!”  Thank Him again and again!  Our Father does look after His own!

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)



1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. This verse is the one that I have committed as being my life verse. Our Father gave it to me a very long time ago and I have clung to it since. He is forever looking out for us and our needs, and I am very grateful for this.

    Comment by Teri — January 23, 2010 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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