Jeff Smith Tractor

How do you prove miracles happen to a person who doesn’t believe in them? Short answer: You can’t. You would think that the millions of chemical reactions that have to perfectly take place every second of every day for our bodies to function properly would be “evidence” enough for the skeptics, but that’s an issue for another time. Today, I’m talking about miracles in the classical sense.

For example: Say two teenage girls who might weigh 160 lbs. between the two of them lifted a 3,000-pound tractor off a man’s chest. Would that count? I think so.

LEBANON, Ore. — A Linn County man pinned by his overturned tractor said his teenage daughters saved his life by lifting the 3,000-pound machine off of him.

Jeff Smith was able to wriggle free and get breathing room after his daughters, 14-year-old Haylee and 16-year-old Hannah, lifted the huge machine up, as first reported by the Albany Democrat-Herald.

“I was saying, ‘God help me’ over and over because I obviously could not lift it myself. It was heavy,” [daughter Haylee said].

Recently I broke 300 lbs. on my dead lift. As my buddy told me, I’ve gone from a range that isn’t worth talking about to “sh*t” status. My next range is “suck.” I’m shooting for 340 lbs. by my 34th birthday. Regardless, I’m ecstatic. I consider myself a pretty strong guy, pound-for-pound. I weigh 154 lbs. And yet, my rational brain tells me that finding a way to leverage a tractor off a guy’s chest would be a Herculean feat. I have to believe that only with the help of God would I be able to move a small mountain like that.

Apparently, Jeff Smith agrees and his daughters are still in disbelief:

“They’re great girls, but I mean that’s a lot of weight. I’m a big guy and I don’t know if I could do that,” Mr. Smith said. …

“It’s crazy. I can’t believe we did it,” said Hannah.

It kind of like a dream when you think back. It feels like a dream. It feels like it never happened,” said Haylee.

But you did do it, Hannah. And it wasn’t a dream, Haylee. You did it. There was a hidden reserve of strength inside two teenage girls that was on display that years from now people will dismiss as if it never happened. Or they’ll call it a lie. Or they’ll come up with all sorts of reasons why it’s “really not that hard when you think about it.”

Sure. You go with that, guys.

Regardless, I think the takeaway here is that all people have a reservoir of strength inside them that is beyond human comprehension. This spring can be channeled into the body or the mind. Harnessed properly, it can take people to great heights. And, obviously, it can be used for good or evil.

Jim over at Vermont Verse adds to the story:

Being a farmer’s son, I know a thing or three about tractors and their dangers. The tractor in question appears to be a l940′s or /50′s International low-bow general purpose rig – made for plowing, discing, cultivating, planting, hauling. Not for heavy stump pulling. There are no front end weights to hold the machine down, and there is no roll cage to protect the operator. Dumb.

Dad’s a lucky dude, and Mom should make him sell that tractor immediately. God’s sending you a message, bro.

I couldn’t agree more. God sends us messages all the time, but you have to be willing to look and listen for the calls. My atheist friends think I’m crazy for saying that, but I don’t really care. They do not find God because they are not looking for Him. Imagine yourself turning your back on your father and then berating him because he isn’t visible. Imagine screaming “Why don’t you exist?!” when he’s standing right in back of you smiling, patiently waiting for you to turn around.

Tractor

Let’s put this another way using string theory, shall we? Correction: M-theory and F-theory.

Can you see what the implications are of the scientific geniuses working out these theories? It means that there could me entire planes of existence all around us that we can not see because we are not operating on their frequency. (What’s the frequency, Doug? What’s the frequency?) I don’t know, but I know that the more I learn about science, the more my faith in God is strengthened. Faith is that bridge between what we know and what we can never know, and contrary to popular opinion science keeps making that bridge smaller and smaller.

Keep believing in miracles. They’re real.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go assault Dan Rather.

Pyrros Dimas was able to chuck almost 400 lbs. over his head in his prime. But could he lift 3,000 lbs. of the chest of a dying man? Two high school girls did when their father's life depended on it. Amazing.
Pyrros Dimas was able to snach almost 400 lbs. over his head in his prime. But could he lift 3,000 lbs. off the chest of a dying man? Two high school girls did when their father’s life depended on it. Amazing.
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

5 comments

  1. Since I sometimes print reader email, here’s one that comes from a life-long friend:

    “I love ya, but that tractors article was the single dumbest thing I have read in a while. Nobody is sending us signals. Miracles do not happen. Life is life and reality is reality.

    Sincerely,
    One of your atheist friends”

    My response:

    I love you too, but I also f*** your world up because I cite scientific geniuses like Michio Kaku to put forth spiritual ideas. Ideas that have profound implications. If we are all made up of particles that vibrate on specific frequencies, then it is entirely possible that there are other particles all around us vibrating on a “higher” or “lower” frequency. (Kaku has said as much.) That isn’t “stupid.” That’s science. And if you were being intellectually consistent, you would turn that over in your mind and think about it and re-evaluate your beliefs, even if it’s only by degrees at a time in one direction or the other.

    However (and again, I love you), you’ve decided that nothing — not even science — will allow you to consider the fact that you may be wrong. Now who’s dogmatic? So you say bumper sticker things like “reality is reality.” What does that mean? I’m talking science, and you’re giving a slogan that means nothing.

    Love,

    Your science-loving friend who believes in God.

  2. Thanks for the linkeage, bro. I see other MSM sites (Fox, Newsmax) glomming onto this miracle, and that’s a good sign.

    Re: email to you — the lesson learned here is : If you need help, don’t call an atheist. I notice the hero gals were not calling Hawking’s name while lifting.

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