When a Tennessee teen found himself pinned underneath his truck, he began praying aloud, asking God to rescue him from the potentially deadly situation — and he believes that his prayers played a key role in helping save his life.
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The accident unfolded on July 2 when Sam Ray, 18, was working on his vehicle at home in his driveway.
After calling his father for advice, he decided to pause his mechanical work, but as he proceeded to slide out from underneath the truck, a car jack gave way and the vehicle came down on him.
"I just kept praying out loud, ‘Lord, get me out of this,'" Ray told the news division of the Vanderbilt Medical Center. "I kept reciting Philippians 4:13, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'"
He yelled for help, but no one could hear him.
It was at that moment of dire need, though, that Ray heard a sound coming from his back pocket; it was Siri, the iPhone's built-in, voice activated search feature.
Despite being pressed under the weight of a 5,000-pound vehicle, Ray was able to use his hip to activate Siri and dial 911 — a feat that worked, as he soon heard a voice on the other line and began shouting in hopes that she would hear his pleas.
"I didn’t know if she could hear me or not, but I heard her say that help was just around the corner," Ray told Vanderbilt.
Before long, rescuers from the Rutherford County medical, sheriffs and fire departments were on the scene, lifting the truck off of Ray and bringing him to the medical center for treatment.
In the end, he spent around 40 minutes trapped under the truck and had three broken ribs, a bruised kidney and some burns, among other more minor scrapes and injuries.
Both Ray and his family believe that God helped assist in his rescue, with his mother, Laura Ray, telling Vanderbilt that the family is "blessed beyond measure" following her son's rescue.
"We’re so thankful that God has allowed us to keep him and that we are allowed to watch him continue to grow," she said.
Ray plans to go to Tri-State Baptist College in Walls, Mississippi, in the fall, where he will study ministry, adding that he believes the near-death experience has taught him an important life lesson.
"I don’t know what the future holds, but I would love to help people the way I was helped. It’s reassuring to know I’m here for a purpose," he said. "I could have died underneath that truck. This has reminded me how fragile life is and how little time we have to make a difference."
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(H/T: Charisma News)
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