by Ernest Easley

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How To Handle Adversity (26 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 39

And on this first Sunday morning of 1997 I want to invite you to take God's Word and turn please to Genesis chapter 39.

As you're finding Genesis 39 I want to ask you a question! Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes wrong? You may be looking back over 1996 as the year when everything went wrong!

I read this week about a man who was filling out an accident report form for an insurance company, explaining how he had received the injuries that put him in the hospital.

''Dear Sir: I want to explain in this letter the details of what put me in the hospital. I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of my accident I was working alone on the roof of a brand new six story building. When I completed my work, I discovered that I had about five hundred pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which was attached to the side of the building at the top of the 6th floor.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel and loaded the brick into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the five hundred pounds of brick. You will notice in block 11 of the Accident Report Form that I weigh 135 pounds.

Due to my surprise, at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded in a rather rapid rate up the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor I met the barrel coming down. This explains my broken arm and shattered collar bone.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent up the side of the building, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were too deep in the pulley. This explains my two broken fingers.

Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my presence of mind ...

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