Nature’s Fury

Trenton Tornadoes

Normally, I gravitate toward writing about nature’s beauty and noble qualities, but over the past several days, I witnessed the aftermath of her ugly side.  I just spent five days with my utility company’s storm team, restoring power to customers who could receive it.  On a Tuesday evening, April 27, a massive outbreak of tornados swept across the south.  Alabama was—by far—the hardest hit.  The towns of Ringgold and Trenton Georgia were also ravaged by strong, powerful tornadoes.  My team spent all their time in Trenton, located in Dade County.  In that normally quiet Georgia County, the tornadoes left an 18-mile long and half-mile wide path of devastation.   Hundreds of homes were reduced to rubble.   The strong winds shredded trees and overturned vehicles.  It literally looked like a huge lawn mower had rolled over the town.

The book of Romans tells us that the creation groans (Romans 8:22); she also lives under the curse—a bondage of destruction and decay.  Not even God’s people are fully spared from nature’s wrath (examine the writing on the van pictured above).   Although God may not spare us from life’s storms, He does ride them out with us, comforting us and reassuring us of His hope and love.

I saw many distraught people in Trenton, but I was also inspired by their hope and eagerness to heal and rebuild.  Everyone is grateful and touched by the compassion being extended to the victims.  The churches and surrounding communities are coming together.  Service organizations, like the Red Cross, are there lending their support.  Please continue to pray for the Trenton people and the workers as they labor together down the path of recovery and blessing.

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4 Responses to Nature’s Fury

  1. Chris Peek says:

    Thanks for bringing to light other communities that haven’t gotten as much attention. We tend to focus on larger areas, such as Raleigh and Tuscaloosa, but a number of small communities affected by these storms don’t get the same exposure. These storms are a powerful reminder that we are not in control, no matter how “safe” we might feel. Tough to understand sometimes, but may God work through the devastation to bring hope.

    • Thanks Chris … I imagine we will be hearing about other affected communities in coming days. The whole Bin Laden news seems to be overshadowing the tornado news and I hope that doesn’t affect the transport of needed aide into those areas–hopefully it won’t. I keep hearing that this rash of tornadoes eclipses the 1973 outbreak. The whole clean-up / rebuild effort will take months and millions of dollars so I hear.

  2. This is such a good reminder of how fragile our lives are and how the things we trust in can be gone in seconds. Thanks for sharing…

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