During the Battle of the Wilderness in the Civil War, Union general John Sedgwick was
inspecting his troops. At one point he came to a parapet, over which he gazed out in the
direction of the enemy. His officers suggested that this was unwise and perhaps he ought
to duck while passing the parapet. "Nonsense," snapped the general. "They
couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--." A moment later Sedgwick fell to the ground,
Today in the Word, August 30, 1993.
In 1912 the "unsinkable" Titanic was launched in Liverpool, England. So haughty was the hoopla surrounding the Titanic's
safety and structural integrity that it caused great anxiety in the heart of one God-fearing woman, whose family was unexpectedly transferred onto the
gigantic liner for its maiden voyage. The woman was the mother of seven-year-old Eva Hart,
who recalls that her family was saved from tragedy because of Mrs' Hart's spiritual
convictions. Throughout the voyage, Mrs. Hart stayed awake at night waiting for disaster
to strike, and thus was able to move her family to an upper deck almost immediately after
the ship collided with an unseen iceberg. Because of her vigilance, the family did not
join the 1,500 others who died that night.
After reading the shipbuilders' claims, Mrs. Hart believed--and so stated--"This is flying in the face of God!"
Today in the Word, July, 1989, p. 8.