John Bradshaw - He Fell Out of the Plane
I know, you hear me tell stories, and from time to time you wonder to yourself: is that really true? I don't blame you. When I first heard this story, I had the same reaction, but it's as true as the day is long.
Pilot Henry Dempsey was at the controls of a 15-seat Beechcraft 99, flying from Lewiston Maine to Boston Massachusetts. Long story short he left his co-pilot in control and went to the back of the plane to check on something, when the plane hit turbulence and threw him against the door. The door opened, and out he went, at 5.000 feet with the plane traveling at 190 miles an hour. He had the presence of mind to grab at whatever he could, and it seems he grabbed the door, and maybe a chain. His left foot was in the plane, but the rest of Mr. Dempsey was outside the plane, facing towards the earth.
The co-pilot noticed the back door of the plane was open, he knew the pilot wasn't where he was supposed to be, and figured Henry was a goner. But Henry was hanging on for dear life, and he hung on until the plane landed.
Sometimes you've got to hold on for dear life, and that's true even in your faith. Hebrews 10:23 says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised)". Sometimes it's all you can do. Life happens at lightning speed, and there are moments of real turbulence, when you've just got to hold on by faith to a God you cannot see. And you can, as is you can hold on, because as we read, he is faithful that promised. Hold tight, hang on to God, even when it's tough, maybe especially when it's tough. Hold on to your faith. There are times: that's all you can do. I'm John Bradshaw for It Is Written.