I meet up with my college roommate a couple of times a year. We met our freshman year while crying in the “ironing room,” at Western Carolina University. (Can you believe there was a room for ironing our clothes?) We were both so very homesick.
Neither of us was happy with our assigned roommates. We ended up declaring the same major, speech pathology. We both went home more than we stayed on campus for the weekends. We weren’t really the partying type.
Sheila has a great sense of humor and I love to laugh so when we are together a good time is to be had by the both of us. She says I’m the only one who laughs at her jokes. She is truly a gold friend.
On a Wednesday we had our bi-annual meetup to celebrate her July birthday. We enjoyed a salad at a local restaurant in Gastonia and then proceeded to Eastridge Mall. We had just arrived inside Belks, looked at a few things and was moving toward the escalator to go to the second level.
I stepped on first and then Sheila followed. I turned around to see her sprawled out face downward with the escalator still moving. I began to loudly cry out to Jesus for someone to help us. My husband informed me later that there is an emergency stop button at the top and the bottom.
Someone did come. I believe we may have encountered an angel. He helped dear Sheila to get up. By then several Belk people had come to assist. Apart from the few words this good Samaritan spoke while assisting her to get up; I heard him say, “It looks like you are in good hands and then he disappeared.”
Sheila obtained quite a few superficial wounds on her toes, her ankles, her knees, her belly and her arms. It looked like a tiger had scratched her deeply, all marks from the moving escalator. After we calmed down from the trauma, we began to do what we do best, laugh.
We had to fill out a report of exactly what happened. We honestly don’t know what made her fall, possibly her sandal hit the escalator in a weird sort of way.
You see many times Christians don’t know what makes them fall. I recently heard of a man who has written many books on prayer who is accused by several women of sexual harassment. What? God says in His word: “Take heed where you stand lest you fall.”
It made me so sad to see my dear friend laying there and I could not help her except to cry out to Jesus. He’s the best help at all times. My dear reader; we need to cry out to Jesus for one another to watch our step, to take heed where we stand lest we fall.
Prayer in Motion:
Jesus, today I cry out to you on ________________’s behalf. May he/she take heed where they stand lest he/she would fall. May I pray right prayers for him/her. May I build him/her up in his/her most holy faith. Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayer on his/her behalf. In Jesus Name. Amen.