We are all recovering from the tornado that came through Murphy on March 2. There is destruction all over our county. It reaches from Hiawassee Dam, Texana, center of town to Peachtree. They said on the news it was an F2. People have lost their homes and their businesses. Thanks to the Lord, we have not heard of any fatalities. Driving around and seeing the power of this storm is very surreal. So, how do we rebuild and recover?
My children are fearful after their experience Friday night. We do not have a basement so we put them in the center of our home which is a pantry. We heard the winds pick up and the tornado was right behind our house making its mark on Pleasant Valley. We heard what I have always heard most people describe a tornado as a roar, then it was gone. We were without power but still had cell phone service. A friend called and asked if we were OK, unaware of the destruction of our little town. The next cell of storms were moving our way and we decided to get to a house with a basement. Driving through the destruction across Andrews Rd and Wells Connector were images I have only seen in movies. As an adult, I was terrified but as my small children surveyed the devastation, they were even more scared. We got to our friends house safely and got in her basement. As we were huddled together, praying, trying to comfort our children, my son looked at me and said, “Mom, God protected us, we are so lucky.”
So, whats on my heart is how fortunate we are and what a mighty God we serve. He never promised us a perfect earth but He did promise us a perfect eternity. I told my son earlier that night before the storm hit, God allows storms just as he allows the sun to rise. I thought to myself, we have trials in life that are like storms. Some are short and some hit so hard we don’t know how to recover. This verse is one of the hardest verses to follow, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 . Some of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is how we handle these situations and regardless of our circumstances, we look to Jesus, the author and the perfecter of our faith.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.