On a January 22, 2015 blog post, Fox News’ commentator Greta Van Susteren tells the tale of a terrifying, ten minute elevator ride she recently had in Vietnam. Greta along with Franklin Graham and four others were riding up the elevator to the offices of Samaritan’s Purse on the 32nd floor of a Hanoi sky rise.
Franklin Graham is the son of Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization.
As the elevator passed the 24th floor, it suddenly stopped, jerked and then dropped. It jerked and dropped three more times and then briefly stopped. They were terrified it would give way and plummet 24 floors to the ground.
Though it was a serious situation, I smiled at the comment Franklin Graham made. He said:
“If it goes down, I’m going up.”
“I have had some scary event in my travels but today may be one of the most terrifying.”
With the elevator seemingly finished its fall, a person pried open the doors revealing a cement wall.
The elevator then suddenly began to lurch down again. This is when they noticed light coming through the doors. When the elevator again ceased its downward fall, they pried open the doors and found themselves at the opening for the 24th floor, where they were able to crawl out.
“We all made it safely out … walked up the steps to our original destination of floor 32 … and then when we left, none of us took the elevator. We walked down 32 flights.”
I like how Psalmist writes that God is our “present” help in time of trouble. He is not a God who just protects those in the Bible but He protects us today.
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 NASV)