Saved Because of a Broken Heater – By Joy Alexander

lightstock_77203_xsmall_bhpAt 25 years old, I was a cheerful and industrious college student living in Queens, New York. I was thankful for what God was doing in my life. However, I also felt the tension of long nights of studying and a hectic work schedule trying to make ends meet.

Winter was approaching, and I often had difficulty staying warm in my rented basement apartment. Finally I managed to save enough to purchase a used space heater. The heater looked like it had seen better days, but at least it took the chill off the room and made life bearable. Also, with the heater, I could study in the apartment rather than at the library and then trudge home late at night.

You can imagine my disappointment and frustration when I came home one evening and discovered that the electric space heater would not work. I flipped the switch and even plugged the heater into a different wall socket. But to no avail.

Discouragement filled me as I prepared for bed. I was tired of it all: tired of the struggles, tired of trying to stay warm, and tired of trying to survive on so little. That night I poured out my heart to God with many tears.

A day passed. Then two. The heater refused to turn back on despite my pleading with God for a miracle. As if things couldn’t get worse, on the second day it began to rain. Now it was not only cold but also damp.

That night, I read my devotional and prayed, kneeling at my bedside to ask for God’s sustaining grace above all else.

In the middle of the night, I awoke. It was still raining. Sleepily I crawled out of bed to use the restroom. With eyes still closed, I swung my legs off the bed and was shocked to find cold water up to my ankles!

Shrieking, I jumped back into bed. Suddenly it was not just the cold water that made my heart race as I realized that the heater was still plugged in. With tears of relief I sank back on my pillow as I realized what God had just done. I should have been electrocuted. Truly, even in my grief, God had been looking out for me. He had heard and answered my prayers.

“Before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24).

Joy Alexander works for the office of the president at the General Conference.

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  • Rosalia

    Amen. Everything works for good for those who love God. Even if things at times don’t make sense, let’s continue to trust Him

  • Dike Emmanuel

    If we can have a glimpse of what God have in stock for us even in the next minute we will ding daily it is well with my soul ,
    Let us learn to trust God because in Him there is fullness of joy and all things work ethic for good to them that Trust in Him

    • Desiree

      Praise HIS holy name. Amen.

  • Derek Morris

    Thank you for your inspiring testimony, Joy.
    God delivers us, but not always in the way we would expect!
    O LORD, open our eyes today to see You at work around us and in us.
    This is my prayer, in Jesus’ name.

    • Gina

      Wonderful story. God is always our refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble.

    • Desiree


    • Iyabo Obisesan

      Amen pastor Morris.

    • Catecha Francis

      Amen and Amen Pastor Morris. What a mighty God we serve. He’ll never forsake His own.

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  • Viveen McLeary

    Thanks Joy for sharing your story. What an awesome God we serve. It pays to trust and serve Him.

    • Desiree

      Wonderful indeed ,JESUS saves.

  • D.V.B.

    What a mighty God we serve! Angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him. What a mighty God we serve! Saints, we serve a mighty God.

    • Desiree

      Thank you ,I’ll be singing this song all day long,for indeed we serve a MIGHTY GOD.

  • Desiree

    Thanks for sharing,GOD is indeed ,loving and merciful.. Praise the name of the LORD.

  • Jeanette

    Thank you, Joy. I enjoy hearing such faith building stories of God’s protection. Won’t it be wonderful to hear from the angels about the times they shielded us from danger?! God is so merciful and gives us what we need most.

    • PNB

      I agree, sister Jeanette. What awesome interesting perspectives the angels must have of their interventions in our lives!
      – Peter Nigel

  • Pat Henry

    Good morning Joy. This is really inspiring. It must have been God speaking to you so you could acknowledge that the heater was broken to save your life. God is truly a prayer hearing And answering God. Our faith must account for this. God bless you for you inspirational stories.

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    God IS good! Thank you for your testimony, Joy. It shows us just how much God protects us.

  • Phillippa

    Our devotional psalm comes to mind as I read your testimony. “The Angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Hom and delivers them.”Psalm 34:7.

    • Same verse came to my mind ☺

      • Phillippa

        This is how the Holy Spirit works. I am praising God for this blog of like minded Christians.

  • Kayreen kufa

    Oh that God would open our spiritual eyes.
    Thank you Joy .
    Father God I want to clearly see each opportunity for ministry this week. Remove every distraction in the name of Jesus I pray.

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  • Rubbie Beth Mtike

    I have seen God’s hand in so many situations that I have learned to trust in Him even more. What a wonderful God we serve.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen and Amen

  • Iyabo Obisesan

    Thanks for sharing your testimony. Indeed, all things work together for the good of God’s children. He has our best interest at heart and will not with old any good thing from us.

  • Telisha

    GOD works in mysterious ways., His wonders to perform. His ways are far above finding out.

  • Patricia Renderos

    Wow praise God, Joy I am so happy and greatful that you were saved but our awesome, loving and faithful Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing your testimony. God bless you

  • Chibundu Nyekwere

    Praise God!

  • emmanuel sendoi

    The God we save is a wonderfull GOD full of suprises.

  • Thankful Grandma

    I thank God for my two scraped toes! At a time when I’ve been feeling “low” I had a fall that could, I suppose, have caused a broken hip or something like that. But all I have are two scraped toes!!! Thank God for showing me He IS with me . . . even when circumstances seem to indicate that He is not!