This is a true story that took place in December of 2003.
The name of the wonderful employee who is quoted herein has been omitted
for the story is not yet complete, and we do not want to upset him anymore.
This employee’s name is also on one of our yellow prayer cards at
our CBMC and has been for many years now. These cards are used to remember
prayer requests at our Tuesday morning scripture study. I had filled put
his name our one of the cards for my prayer is for him to return to church.
My name is George and, this is what happen one morning, while
on a six foot “A” frame ladder while changing a four-foot
long florescent light bulb, from a light fixture, which had quit giving
off light in our packing table area. This is usually a routine job.
Having removed the used bulb I attempted to toss the bulb, from the ladder,
into a fiber drum which we use to collect garbage. This fiber drum was
only two or three feet away from the bottom of the ladder as measured
from the ladder leg on the floor to the fiber drum. I should have climbed
down the three steps to discard the bulb but I am not perfect. Approximately
one-third of the bulb was actually into the drum but the bulb hit some
steel strapping inside the drum and sprung the bulb up and out from the
drum. I immediately held up my arm, shirt and sweater provided a good
cover to keep the glass from the expected explosion from hitting my eyes.
The used florescent bulb hit the cement floor and did not explode or crack
or do anything, it just laid there. Immediately Meyer (real name withheld)
who was watching me the whole time while packing several orders on a old
postal scale while facing me on the ladder yelled: “That’s
it! I’m going back to church. I have seen enough around here!”
A few minutes later,
after I had picked up the used bulb and tossed it again into the fiber
drum Chris Gambino arrived with over a ton of wire which we had to unload
with the fork-lift truck as usual. Upon opening the overhead door and
letting in a lot of cold air. (That pervious or prior sentence added for
you non-believers who are always looking for an excuse.) I immediately
told Chris the good news of our answered prayer that namely: That Mayer
is now going to attend church and how he came to that decision. Then Chris
asked Meyer if this was really true? Meyer then says: “Well I really
don’t know.” At that very moment the bulb, a portion of it,
sticking out of the top of the fiber drum blew up.