In 1967 while taking a class in Photography at the University of Cincinnati, I became acquainted with a young man named Charles Murray who was attending classes as a student at the School and training for the summer Olympics of 1968 as a high diver. Charles was very patient with me as I would speak to him for hours about Jesus Christ and how He had saved me. Charles was not raised in a home that attended any kind of church, so all that I had to tell him was a fascination to him. He even began to ask questions about forgiveness of sin.
Finally the day came that I put a question to him. I asked if he realized his own need of a Redeemer and if he was ready to trust Christ as his own Saviour. I saw his countenance fall and the guilt in his face. But his reply was a strong “no.” In the days that followed he was quiet and often I felt that he was avoiding me, until I got a phone call and it was Charles. He wanted to know where to look in the New Testament for some verses that I had given him about Salvation. I gave him the reference to several passages and asked if I could meet with him. He declined my offer and thanked me for the Scripture. I could tell that he was greatly troubled, but I did not know where he was or how to help him.
Because he was training for the Olympic games, Charles had special privileges at the University pool facilities. Sometime between 10:30 and 11:00 that evening he decided to go swim and practice a few dives.
It was a clear night in October and the moon was big and bright. The University pool was housed under a ceiling of glass panes so the moon shone bright across the top of the wall in the pool area.
Charles climbed to the highest platform to take his first dive. At that moment the Spirit of God began to convict him of his sins. All the Scripture he had read, all the occasions of witnessing to him about Christ flooded his mind. He stood on the platform backwards to make his dive, spread his arms to gather his balance, looked up to the wall and saw his own shadow caused by the light of the moon. It was the shape of a cross. He could bear the burden of his sin no longer. His heart broke and he sat down on the platform and asked God to forgive him and save him. He Trusted Jesus Christ twenty some feet in the air.
Suddenly, the lights in the pool area came on. The attendant had come in to check the pool. As Charles looked down from his platform he saw an empty pool which had been drained for repairs. He had almost plummeted to his death, but the Cross had stopped him from disaster.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but
unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.
by Mark Renicker.
The seeds we plant in Jesus’ Christ’s name will bear fruit for Eternity.
Music – When I survey the wondrous Cross
*Please Note… One well know website on the Internet that checks the accuracy of Stories that are circulated by email, although claiming religious allegiance continually castes doubt on the Truth of a lot of Christian Stories. They do this mostly without facts and going by hearsay or their own agenda and understanding. With the story of The Shadow Of The Cross they claim it is false in their write but use statements that have no relevance to the Story and are unproven such as what University Charles attended. The University of Cincinnati often had Students from other local Colleges attend classes and use their facilities which this website were not even aware of when they claimed because Charles Murray was not enrolled at the University the story is false .This website is alluding that Mark Renicker my Brother in Christ Jesus is not Truthful and also that the sign of the Cross has no True significance. I take a Stand against this Slander and uphold the Cross and the Truth that Mark Renicker shared.