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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