Jacob’s Ladder: Sometimes You Don’t Know What Hits YouJul 12th, 2012 | By Jacob | Category: Editorials
Sometimes you just don’t know what hits you.
That’s what a player for the Houston Cougars found out in 1970 when he was playing against the Florida State Seminoles.
I wish I could hav
e seen the hit. I wish it were on YouTube like a lot of clips from old football games are. I bet the Cougars’ player wished he had seen it coming but he didn’t. No one knew it was going to happen except for a Seminole player named Dan Whitehurst.
It was during the last game of the 1970 season and Houston was trouncing FSU when the Houston player intercepted a pass and took off bound to make another touchdown. Bill Parcells, who would later coach the New York Giants and New England Patriots to Super Bowl victories, was an assistant coach at FSU at the time. He began yelling, “Somebody, do something!”
Whitehurst, who played linebacker for FSU, did do something. He left the sidelines and tackled the Houston player.
Like that Houston player, I have had times when I didn’t know what hit me. I didn’t know what hit me in December when I went into cardiac arrest and woke up the next week in the hospital in Tallahassee. I had always thought that there would be pain and warnings associated with anything like that. The only thing I can remember before it happened that day was that I was tired. I didn’t know that a linebacker was going to step off the sidelines and knock me flat out.
We don’t always get warnings, so isn’t it better to be prepared? We take our lives in our hands every day when we get in a car and head to work. Others have to take their lives in their hands at work.
I am glad that when I got blindsided, I was healed but I am happier that I was saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. If I had not been rescued from death’s door, I know what would have been on the other side of that door – eternity in Heaven with my Savior.
What is the alternative for those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior? An eternity in a lake of fire, filled with everlasting torment.
There’s your warning. If you have not, make a decision to accept Jesus Christ today.