The Day Gilbert Gave His Life to Jesus Christ the Son of God

As I mentioned yesterday, Mr. Gilbert Steele has been sending my husband articles of his personal experiences that I will be sharing with you, my readers. I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading Mr. Gilbert’s stories.

All the best, Jackie Schenone

The Day Gilbert Gave his Life to Jesus Christ the Son of God

I was working with an old Navy man who was an electrician then and now. He treated me well, and he would explain a political situation I got myself into. As the years went by, he became a Christian.

I always felt our conversation was more high tech than I had with anybody else. Then he became an ordained minister. You might say the conversation was talking about high stakes in our relationship with the Lord. We were always at the point of losing our lives — that is, hanging from the side wall working on a fan, standing on very hot bricks that are part of an electric furnace roof. You might say the job had real physical pain to it. I firmly understood what salvation was all about.

I had this ongoing struggle for over six months. It was the weekend and I was in my garage working on my van. I decided I needed a hole in the floor of the van for the window water system. I had a long steel pin and a 3 lb. hammer. I was driving the pin through the car floor and missed. I hit my left hand with that small sledgehammer as hard as I could. I firmly hit the first and second knuckles and by the way my stomach rolled over I thought I’d broken my knuckles. I’ve been a maintenance man long enough to know I had about two minutes before I passed out.

I got away from the van and sat in the chair, leaning on the table. My first thought was “This is a good place to pass out. I have been here before.”

As bad as my hand hurt I thought about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I said the to Lord, “My mental pain is so much greater than my physical pain in my hand; I would like to deal with that now, Lord. I give you my life, for whatever you can do with it.”

I just quit.

“Now at this time looking at my life, Lord, I wish you the best of luck.” By now, I realized I did not pass out, and looked at my hand. I opened and shut it, wiggled my fingers, and opened and shut my hand over again and wondered why it wasn’t broken. I answered the altar call at church to profess my faith in Christ.

When I look back on this, I wonder if the Lord just didn’t heal my hand.

By Gilbert Steele ©
1966 – 1967

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  • Robert Glen Fogarty

    “Steal” chisel? As in…the chisel was taken from someone else without permission? :)

  • Anonymous

    I guess the changes are because they are trying things out. I gather that, because it is a beta, meaning not yet a final product. Glad to see your points, but juding by the changes that came every two weeks in Lion testing, and the fact that we are likely 8 weeks or so from it launching, I am sure some of these issues, if not all, will be addressed.

    • James Hall

      couldn’t agree more. Its kind of pointless to write an article like this on beta software. Thats like writing a game review of a game while its still in beta.

  • Brian Gilham

    Agreed. I really don’t see the point in commenting on beta software.

  • Dad

    There’d better be a way to turn off having it show the details in the lock screen or else the privacy issues are rather severe (!)

  • Anonymous

    While I mostly agree with the points made here, it feels a bit premature? I think commentary like this is important, and belongs in the hands of the Apple devs making changes to the beta every version. But to call notifications in iOS 5 a total mess, when it’s not officially done?

  • Sean O’Connell

    Is this something that would get fixed through updates to the apps themselves?

    It seems like on Android, app developers anticipate the notification bar and program it in, compared to developers of iOS who, til now have not had to worry about it.

    • Jacob Winterton Smith

      That’s exactly right, programming alerts and notifications are entirely up to the developer. We have to program it to respond to certain events in the code, and then decide how it’s presented.

  • Harry Monmouth

    I personally think this article serves a useful function. It is interesting to see the development of iOS and who know’s, maybe someone up there is paying attention.

    • Jacob Winterton Smith

      They pay more attention to bug reports, and anyone with beta access can make them. Apple has done a very good job at addressing bugs and feature requests. I just recently started developing on iOS and I’ve been very impressed with their developer support.

  • Anthony

    Wait. Apple has put software that violates patents under a NDA?

    Well I suppose that is actually logical… Since you know… Google should sue the life out of Apple for these. God knows Apple would, and their patents are almost never valid.

    Maybe Apple thinks that if they mess up the notifications enough Google won’t care?

  • Realist

    This is why you jailbreak and use tons of available tools.

  • Jill Ducey

    I love my iPhone 4 yet I miss many of the UX and UI features of WebOS on my Pre. The notifications were useful and easy to interact with in most cases.

  • Jacob Winterton Smith

    Please stop, I’m tired of seeing articles treating current iterations of the beta as final. This is all subject to change and they’ve been tweaking it a great deal, as pointed out with the change in lockscreen notifications from b1 to b2. We still have a long way to go until the fall release. If you do have access to the beta and see something that could be improved, then I urge you to report it to Also, some notification behavior can’t be helped until Apple starts accepting 5.0 app submissions as some notification behavior is decided on how they are programmed into a specific app. I know you’re just trying to provide some good content, but now is not the time to be overly-critical of iOS 5 as it’s still a work in progress.

  • Sorin Cioban

    iOS 5 is not finished yet. That’s why it’s called a BETA. It is for specific people – developers – not for bloggers and for devices you actually use right now. If you’re not satisfied, talk to Apple, but don’t influence people.

    As a side note, there are icons next to the notifications.

  • Anonymous

    I bought a DLP a few years ago and had nothing but problems. About a month after getting it the lamp went out and it took 2 weeks for a repairman to replace it. It never worked properly and I was told to bad so sad. It quit working again about a year in and was told it couldn’t be fixed. I had insurance on it and received a check for the full price. I could not recommend this product ever.