Saturday, May 3, 2008
About this time a year ago, during the first week of May, the town of Greensburg, Kansas was utterly destroyed by a tornado.
This week there was more of the same. Storms and tornadoes raged throughout the Midwest the last few days, causing death and destruction in several states across the plains.
Forecasters said that across middle America, more than 25 tornadoes may have touched down late Thursday and into early Friday.
8 people died in Arkansas alone, raising the death toll from deadly storms in that state to 24 so far this year.
It's sometimes hard to understand why bad things have to happen.
Ultimately it all goes back to living in a fallen and broken world.
But no matter what happens to us, God is there to go through it with us. He remains in charge, even if it doesn’t seem like it. He still loves us, even when we feel abandoned. The Bible tells us in Romans 8 that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God.
So whether the storms and dangers we face in our lives are physical, emotional or spiritual,
we can rest secure in knowing Who is really in control.
And how are things going in Greensburg, Kansas a year later you ask?
Well, rather than blame God for the massive tornado that hit their tiny town a year ago, the people of Greensburg have turned to their faith to help get them through.
The news is calling the story "Tragedy to Triumph: Greensburg Rising."
In this post Easter Season, I can't think of a better title.