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30. Flipping the Tractor

Farming is the most hazardous occupation on earth. Ask any insurance company. Solomon said, “Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.” (Ecclesiastes 10:9).

If you got a tractor got stuck in the mud, you would have to go back to the barn, get a chain and another tractor, and go pull it out. We did this all the time. Like two trucks pulling cars out of snowbanks.

One day my brother and I had to pull a tractor out of the mud. He was trying to rock the stuck tractor out of the mud, I was trying to pull it out with the one in front. Our back tires were spinning. Mud was flying everywhere. The chain was taut.

As I looked over my left shoulder, my tractor slid back and the chain loosed. I popped the clutch and jerked forward. The chain grabbed and my back tires caught traction. I looked forward just in time to see the front of the tractor come over on top of me. I blacked out.

I am still alive today, but almost every year since, I have heard of a farmer who was either killed or severely injured in a similar mishap. If the ground had not been wet that day, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I thank God that my dad and brother were able to pull me out. My back was severely sprained and I was traumatized but I am alive an suffered no disabilities from it.

Such an experience makes one think about death and eternity. Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

If something happened to you today, and you were to die, where would you spend eternity?

John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Pastor Art Kohl

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