Mr. Mathisen: I’m glad you weren’t hurt very badly.
Stanley: I was more scared than hurt. I mean I landed pretty hard, but I thought for a minute there that I was gonna die.
Well, I looked around to see where I was and realized that I was stuck on a ledge!
I couldn’t climb back up, and I couldn’t climb down!
I was stuck on this ledge, and I didn’t know where anyone from my school was and they didn’t know where I was!
Mr. Mathisen: I’ll bet you were pretty scared Stanley. I would have been.
Stanley: Boy was I!! I was really scared there for awhile and then…
Mr. Mathisen: And then what?
Stanley: Well, I sang then I prayed for awhile. I asked Jesus to send someone to find me. I sang the song to myself again a couple of times, and I prayed again. I hollered help a couple of times too, but, mostly I prayed. And you know what happened then?
Mr. Mathisen: No, I don’t Stanley. What happened then?
Stanley: Well, after I prayed, I began to feel really calm and peaceful. It was like Jesus was telling me that He would answer my prayer. Just then, I heard a voice calling my name, and I looked up and there was Mr. Christos. He was kneeling at the top of the cliff and looking down at me. I couldn’t believe it. I had just prayed & sang, and there he was.
Mr. Mathisen: Jesus was really watching out for you wasn’t He?
Stanley: He sure was! Mr. Christos yelled down to me to ask if I was all right. I told him that I was, and he told me to not move and that he would be right back.
He went away for a couple of minutes and came back with a rope. He tied one end around a tree and the other around his waist. Then he slowly lowered himself down that cliff until he was beside me. He had me climb onto him in the front. I put my arms around his neck and hung on tight. Then he used his arms and legs and pulled us both back up that cliff. It was really slow, but I was never scared. I knew that Mr. Christos had left all the other kids and came looking for me and then he rescued me. I was so happy that I almost cried.
When we got to the top, we backed up against a tree and just sat up there at the top of the cliff for a few minutes while he got his breath back and I just sat real close to him. He risked his life to save me. He left all the others to come find me. Then he gave me a quick hug and told me to never, ever scare him like that again. I quietly said “OK”, and then we went to find the others.
He never got mad at me at all.
Mr. Mathisen: Wow! That was a great story. Thanks, Stanley.
So boys and girls, remember we were talking about just two of God’s promises. The first one is found in the book of Isaiah chapter 41 verse 13.
For I hold you by your right hand—I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isa 41:13)
Stanley: And that means God is right here, right now, ready to help us.
Mr. Mathisen; Yes, Stanley that’s exactly what it means. The other verse was
“The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.” (Heb 13:6a)
And remember that Jesus said:
“I will never leave you or abandon you.” (Heb 13:5b)