top of page

Elevator going down?

Did you hear about the couple from Mexico City who decided to visit Chicago? Jaime and Maña saw all the wonderful sights, and then had dinner in the swanky Signature Room restaurant on the 95th floor of a skyscraper, formerly known as the John Hancock Center. The Center is 100 stories tall, and is the twelfth tallest building in the world. 


It was about midnight when Jaime and Maña stepped onto the express elevator with four strangers and began the descent. At first, the elevator car seemed normal. But, without warning, it started descending way too fast. It vibrated and dust particles began coming out of the floorboards. It appeared that the elevator was in a free fall situation. 


So, what would you do if your elevator on the 95th floor started plummeting toward the ground? This is one of those life moments when whatever is on the inside of you comes out. Not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. A falling elevator will definitely generate a response. It does not matter if you live on welfare or have great wealth. Your elevator is going down, now what?


Some of you have had this same feeling when the doctor's report came back. You sat on the edge of the examining gurney and heard unfamiliar words in long sentences that ended with the word “terminal.” But you had so much to live for! There are those plans for vacation, and the Friday evenings with the grandchildren. You were too busy to die. But you knew that your elevator was going down. 


Or perhaps you had this feeling when your spouse told you that they didn’t love you anymore. They wanted out of the marriage and had found someone else. You heard the words, but could not believe that this was happening to you. Your elevator was going down.


Or maybe you had that “my elevator is dropping” feeling at your business or church. You were totally out of control of whatever would happen next. You were falling, suffocating, and being gripped with a fear beyond comprehension. What were you going to do?


Back in the elevator, panic had set in. Some were screaming while others were sobbing in hopeless futility. However, Jaime and Maña grabbed each other and began to pray and cry out to God for rescue. As the doomed elevator carried six souls to their fate, each was responding according to their faith.


Then, the elevator slowed and stopped rather gently just before the 11th floor. Everyone was safe. However, they had to wait until 3 AM before the firemen could drill a hole through the side wall to rescue them. Exhausted, they all crawled out physically safe. Apparently, the main hoist rope had broken. But there was a back-up cable that caught them before they hit the ground. Whew! Too close for comfort.


There is an encouraging word in Psalm 37:24 NASB – “When he falls, he will not be hurled down, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” And Deuteronomy 33:27 says, “Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.” Calm down, noble warrior. God has this. Trust the One who made you……. to catch you!

For more inspirational reading please visit

To purchase the book GOD and TEXAS by David G. Rose please visit


Featured Posts
Recent Posts
    bottom of page