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There For You
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 19:57


In 1982 an earthquake almost flattened Armenia, killing over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. In the midst of utter devastation and complete chaos a dad left his wife securely at home and began to make his way to the school where his son was suppose to be. As he arrived at the school he stood in horror as the building was smashed like a pancake.

After this initial wave of shock he remembered a promise he had once made to his son, "No matter what, I will be here for you." As the tears to filled his eyes he began to dig his way through the fallen debris that was once the school. He slowed his racing mind and tried to remember how he walked his son into the school every morning, the hallways they went down, the corner of the building where the classroom was located. He guessed where that point might be and rushed over and continued digging in the rubble. As he dug, other parents arrived at the school and burst into tears with cries of "My son" or "My daughter." Other well meaning parents tried to stop him from digging and pulled him away from the rubble saying, "Itís too late!"

"They are dead."
"You canít help."
"You need to go back home!"
"You are just making things worse."

He looked at each parent and responded, "Are you going to help me now or not ?" and then went right back to his digging.

The fire chief arrived and tried to relieve the dad, pointing out that fires were breaking out everywhere around them. He was in danger. The police told him to go home and let them handle the rescue effort. They would eventually dig through and find the bodies of the students. But the father didnít stop, he just kept digging, removing one stone, then a brick, then another. In the 38th hour of his digging, he pulled back a bolder and heard his sonís voice. He screamed his sonís name, ARMAND !"

His son yelled back, "Dad ?!? Itís me Dad, I told the other kids not to worry because if you were alive you would come to save me. You promised you would always be there for me!" The father asked, "What is going on, how many are with you ?"
"There are 14 of us left out of 33, we are scared and thirsty, but the building collapsed and made a wedge around us."
At that moment the daddy broke through and made an opening where the children could escape.
"Armand come out of there"
"No Dad, let the other kids go first, Ďcause I know that you will be there for me!"

The Heavenly Father will always be there for you as well. As this new month begins remember that no matter what you face you will not face it alone. Because of that you can face life with a confidence that only comes from knowing Him. Remember that and thank Him for it.

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