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Finding God In The Rubble

Genelle Guzman & Her Daughters
Genelle Guzman & Her Daughters

It’s miraculous when one ponders how and when the Lord Jesus Christ’s sovereignly calls one to salvation. As I look at scripture & life he calls people while fishing, at work, sitting in trees, in dorm rooms, alleys, concert halls, bars, camps and even at church sometimes.

Scripture clearly states this in Jesus’ teachings like in John 6:44” No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” I saw this truth again when I read the story of Genelle Guzman call to salvation in Christ in the first chapter of “Light in the Shadow of Jihad: The Struggle For Truth” by Ravi Zacharias.

Doing further research I read an article about her in The Christian Post. Despite growing up in a Christian household, Genelle says she never took what she had been taught about God very seriously. When asked to describe her life before she said she lived a wild life full of partying, drinking, and doing whatever she wanted. Read as Ravi shares her tale of God’s salvation in his book:

33 yr old Genelle Guzman was the last person to be rescued from what has become known as Ground Zero. She had been buried under the rubble for 27 hrs, her legs caught between felled pillars and her head trapped in a stack of concrete. During that time, she swung between moments of prayer and utter despair. As night came, she finally fell asleep out of sheer exhaustion. She somehow survived the night, and as dawn broke she heard voices. At midday, with hope dying but her will to live still fighting, she mustered all her energy and called out for help. She clawed desperately through the rubble until somebody finally heard her voice and the sounds of her feeble attempts to free herself. In a final, valiant attempt, she thrust a bruised and battered hand through the mountain of debris that had buried her. Suddenly, she felt a hand clasp hers and in gratefulness she cried out, “Thank God, Thank God!”

Not long after being released from the hospital, where she stayed for more than six weeks and underwent four major surgeries, Guzman-McMillan said the only thing on her mind was getting baptized, one thing she had promised God that she would do. Although she didn’t  have any  kind of meaningful relationship with God before 9/11, she knew enough about Christ to realize that He was her one and only hope of getting out of the rubble alive. It brings the words of the Psalmist to life which are found in chapter 18 verse 6: “In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”

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