Story Time- Using An Old Rotary Phone In A Snowstorm

In October 1997, my city had a once in a hundred years snowstorm. It was 12 inches of heavy wet snow. I woke up in the morning to what sounded like explosions. I peaked outside and saw a branch snap off a tree and fall to the ground. It shut down the city for several days.

It was a Sunday morning. I woke up realizing I had no electricity. Parts of my city had no electricity for a week. I got mine back later that day.

I called one of the pastors of my church to inquire about church that morning. He asked me how I was calling since my area had no electricity.

I let him know I had an old rotary dial phone in a box and got it out to make the call. He asked me to help him call people to say no church that day. I spent an hour calling people from that old rotary phone.

Sometimes things we consider old and obsolete can still serve a purpose.

The bible encourages us to seek the ancient ways in Jeremiah 6:
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

In these times that we have plethora of books, videos, speakers to go to, I do not want to forget the book that has stood the test of time. Governments have tried to stop it and failed. The bible, the Word of God, is the most important resource for any Christian.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

30 thoughts on “Story Time- Using An Old Rotary Phone In A Snowstorm

  1. This reminds me of a couple of things.

    1) Looking to our elders for life lessons is important. They need to share their wisdom & we need to hear it.

    2) In the 1990’s my grandma still had a party-line. She was the only one on it. Somehow the phone company had never transitioned her to regular phone service. As you can imagine, once they realized it, the phone company made the switch & jacked up the monthly rate. Grandma was NOT happy with the change. The change didn’t affect the way she used her phone ( just the cost). That old rotory phone was just fine.

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

  2. I could not tell when was the last time I saw one of those phone. I hope you still hang on to it because you may never know if you might need it again. Great story and a good lesson. Jamaican proverbs said, ” Old broom sweep better than new broom.” 🙂

  3. Something about your excellent story reminds me of the time in the Bible when the Word of God had been all but forgotten. Nobody had even read it in a long time, but someone found a copy in the temple and a king asked it to be read publicly. The people who heard Gods Word were convicted of their sins and repented.

  4. Ah yes…..those phones were fun….
    Sure has stood the test of time….it’s one of my oldest possessions too….🤭🤗….my Bible has been with me for atleast 20 years now….It has moved cities with me and all….😅😊🙈🤗😊

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