Before Jesus called me to His discipleship, I had been served in the Air Force for twelve years. The flying a fighter is always a fun while at the same time – immensely stressful. While on the military operation, I experienced what would prove to be a turning point for the rest of my life.
Because of misunderstanding, the jet of my wingman slightly struck the left console of my jet. We flew about 1200 feet above the ground at that moment. The collision resulted my jet to turn into a ‘wild horse,’ having been out of control for nine seconds the ‘horse’ swiftly spiraled downward and hit a ball. This delay afforded me the necessary five seconds to eject. Such an escape should not have been humanly possible because of considering the brief reaction time, the stress and overwhelming 9 G -force. It would take more than superhuman strength to maintain control. Furthermore, after ejection the main parachute system malfunctioned but the reserve chute deployed.
As if this were not miraculous enough, I escaped the fireball on the ground caused by the explosion of several tonnes of gasoline including ammunition on the board because a strong wind from North drew my parachute away from the inferno.
The breath of death was replaced by the heavenly one along with the great joy of being alive on the gentle touch of the ground. To this day it is hard to imagine how I was survived even without injury, while the laces of my boots were torn in pieces and the tube of my oxygen mask was cut off.
In conclusion, the investigation panel reported that practically and theoretically I should have died. As I considered my amazing survival, I recognized the intervention of God in saving my life. The merciful act of God to me has been remembered and I hope to the rest of my life.
Looking back, I can say confidently that the Lord Jesus Christ saved me for Himself. I am His servant according to His counsel. With Jesus’ help I could start the church in Russia, escape from the hands of the evil ones, graduate with Masters degrees, serve as a pastor, and pass many trials.
Therefore, to Him who can do much more, even of what we can imagine, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might forever and ever!