A man driving on a highway (385) this weekend in Memphis was sideswiped by another vehicle, causing him to go down an embankment. His SUV then hit a pole and burst into flames, pinning him behind the steering wheel.
Passersby ran over to try to help him get out but it took awhile since no one had any tools to break his door open. One man eventually came with a tire iron to break the driver side window open, but they couldn’t get the driver’s seatbelt off. Another man said he used a gallon of water to get the driver as wet as possible to minimize any burns that could occur since no one could locate a fire extinguisher. Eventually a K9 officer arrived on the scene to cut the seatbelt and with the help of some of the people, they got the driver out of the vehicle moments before it exploded.
The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. After the fire went out, only one thing survived the car’s flames–a Bible in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. When the police recovered it, one rescuer and the K9 officer felt moved to pray together for a moment right there.
Many similar occurrences have happened before where a Bible survives a fire. I believe what we can take away from this and other similar incidents is that God uses these things as signs to, first of all, confirm his word that even when we face trials and troubles in life that may hurt us, he will be with us and bring us through them and, secondly, to remind us of the Lord Jesus Christ’s promise that “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
Source: Rose Eklor, Only a Bible recovered as car bursts into flames, driver rescued, WSFA channel 12, http://www.wsfa.com, February 21, 2016.