Tag Archives: Dave Gant

Sunday Devotional: The Bat Cave Miracle

John 8:1-11

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.

Today’s reading from John 8 is a reminder to us to be humble and refrain from being preeningly self-righteous, ever ready to point a finger at another, while we ourselves are flawed and sinful.

John 8 is also a reminder of God’s infinite mercy — that He is ever ready to forgive us — but we must be remorseful, ask for His forgiveness, and demonstrate that our remorse is genuine by not committing that sin again.

On August 15, 1992, Dave Gant, a spelunker who scuba-dives into underwater caves, was trapped in a dark cave in Nickajack Lake, Tennessee for 17 hours. Believing his fate to be that of certain death, Gant asked for God’s forgiveness and was saved — literally and spiritually.

As recounted by Michael H. Brown of Spirit Daily:

[T]here he was in a dark cave, trying to breathe in an air bubble that was rapidly being depleted. All he had to hold onto was a piece of stalactite. He knew his time was just about up. He was trapped in the cave for more than 14 hours before he said his first prayers.

But finally Gant — whose nickname had been “Dirty Dave” — had gone to God. He thought it was his last confession. Instead it turned out to be a deliverance followed by a miracle.

“I asked the Lord to come into my life to save my soul, and he did it, just like that,” said Gant, who owned a logging company in Alabama. “It felt like a big invisible hand — three different times — went straight in my chest all the way to my toes and pulled out evil – pure evil. Three different times, one after the other….”

It was at this point that something remarkable happened…. [M]ore than twenty hours after he got lost, there was suddenly a roaring sound that sent bubbles up to replenish the air pocket — and soon after, a pair of rescue divers appeared to escort him to safety….

As reported by Orlando Sentinel, after surviving for 16 hours by holding onto a stalactite and breathing air trapped in an 8-inch high pocket at the top of the cave, David Gant, of Bryant, Alabama, was rescued when the Tennessee Valley Authority lowered the level of Nickajack Lake several feet, flushing the cave with fresh air.

According to a longer, detailed account of Gant’s rescue, “The Bat Cave Miracle“:

In the last moments of his 17-hour nightmare alone in the dark of that air passage, Gant had experienced a vision of two angels coming to take him home. He had visions of the divers searching futilely near the entrance and could see his family waiting and praying outside. He had seen two angels coming to escort him to heaven….

Gant was born-again as a Christian in the darkness of that cave. In the years that followed, he gave his testimony about the angels that saved him to congregations across the South — The Bat Cave Miracle.

Joel 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.

So, to anyone out there whose soul and conscience may be stirred by this post, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Take that first step by acknowledging you have sinned:

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.”

All you have to do is make that first step . . . .

May the peace and love of our Lord, Jesus the Christ, be with you,

~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:

Share and Enjoy !

0Shares
0 0
 

Sunday Devotional: God is Mercy, but we must ask

Joel 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.

This is what happened to a man named Dave Gant who, as he was drowning, reached out to God.

~Eowyn

underwater cave

Man Trapped in Cave Horror Reached to God and God Literally Reached for Him

By Michael H. Brown
Spirit Daily

Years ago I spoke to a fellow named Dave Gant who liked “spelunking.” That’s when you scuba diver into underwater caves — one of the most dangerous things a human can do.

For Gant, one such trip came close to being a death trap.

On August 15, 1992, Gant got lost in a cave in Tennessee and was sure he was a goner. He and friends had been spearing catfish. Now he was all alone in a water-filled cavern known as Nickajack.

Imagine his quandary: there he was in a dark cave, trying to breathe in an air bubble that was rapidly being depleted. All he had to hold onto was a piece of stalactite. He knew his time was just about up. He was trapped in the cave for more than 14 hours before he said his first prayers.

But finally Gant — whose nickname had been “Dirty Dave” — had gone to God. He thought it was his last confession. Instead it turned out to be a deliverance followed by a miracle.

“I asked the Lord to come into my life to save my soul, and he did it, just like that,” said Gant, who owned a logging company in Alabama. “It felt like a big invisible hand — three different times — went straight in my chest all the way to my toes and pulled out evil – pure evil. Three different times, one after the other.

“After the first time I didn’t think I could feel any better, I felt so clean. After the second time I felt just that much cleaner, and after the third time it’s a wonder that cave didn’t cave in, I was shouting so loud, echoing in that cavern, just praising the Lord for what He just did for me!”

Here he was dying – ready to suffocate – and Gant felt better than he had in his life. Cleansed, and praising the Lord, he was now ready to meet his Maker. It was at this point that something remarkable happened. Suddenly Gant saw a strange fog directly in front of him.

It was slightly luminous, just light enough to see. Inside were what looked like four oblong objects. They and the fog were slowly moving away in the water. It’s not clear what that was, but more than twenty hours after he got lost, there was suddenly a roaring sound that sent bubbles up to replenish the air pocket — and soon after, a pair of rescue divers appeared to escort him to safety.

The way out turned out to be the same route the fog had taken.

Evil was removed. It was followed by a miracle.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because once again we recall that before He healed, Jesus often cast out demons. His Hand removed the filth.

And so it was with Gant — and is with us. We all have to ask God to cleanse our souls. Are there attacks by the evil one that inhibit us? Yes. Are there “curses”? Yes, we can be inhibited by curses. But most often we curse ourselves. There are many ways that evil infiltrates – often in ways we never suspect.

God does not put new wine in old bottles, especially bottles made gritty by sin. He will cleanse us as He did Gant, but as with Gant the Good Lord, the Creator of free will, waits for us to ask.

Hidden in all of us are blemishes that only God (and his ministering angels) can see. They must be purged. Spirits enter our existence when we sin, and then set out to plague us.

Once open to them, we may find ourselves susceptible to mood swings, anger, depression, and anxiousness. Demons attach to our emotions. They aggravate us. If we have unhealed emotional wounds, they irritate those also. Mostly, they magnify negativity, which serves to negate the miraculous.

Suffering and confession cleanse this. “The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self,” the great mystic [St.] Padre Pio once said. “There is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain.”

Misfortunes are frequently sent to remind us that we have strayed or forgotten something.

When we handle them well — by going to God — the results are often astounding.

[adapted from: The Trumpet of Gabriel]

Please follow and like us:

Share and Enjoy !

0Shares
0 0