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In May 1995, a 34-year old construction worker by the name of Randy Reid, was doing some final welding on top of a nearly completed water tower in one of Chicago’s suburbs. 

At one point, Randy unhooked his safety belt so he could reach for some pipes. But at that same moment, a metal beam slipped off a nearby crane, and bumped the scaffolding Randy was standing on. The scaffolding tipped, and Randy lost his balance. He fell 110 feet to the ground below. 

In landing, he just missed a pile of rocks and construction debris on the ground. Instead he landed face down on a pile of dirt. A fellow worker saw the whole accident and immediately called 911.  When paramedics arrived, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They found Randy completely conscious, moving, and complaining that he had a sore back. 

Even though he went through such a horrendous fall, Randy still maintained his sense of humor. As paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Randy asked one thing. He said, “Hey guys, be careful, will you? Don’t drop me.” When he arrived at the hospital and was examined by the doctors, they discovered that the only injury he suffered was a bruised lung. 

Sometimes our faith resembles Randy’s fall. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, but we’re still nervous about three-foot heights.  We have faith that God will save us from a sudden death, but we’re afraid that God won’t be able to protect us from the smaller difficulties we are going to face this coming week.

When you get what you want, that’s God’s direction. When you don’t get what you want, that’s God’s protection.

Thanks to Tim Rietveld for sharing

How has God protected YOU in the big and little falls in your life?


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