Whenever the phone rings at an unusual time....I begin to panic! My neighbor and friend S, called me this morning with the news that a tornado was heading our way and for us to take cover. Thanks S for thinking of us!! I immediately woke hubby and kids up and we jumped in our clothes and headed striaght for my parent's basement! I made several calls to siblings and friend K to make sure everyone was aware. I wished our little town had a siren! Several years ago, when hubby and I lived next to our church, no kids yet, a tornado came through one Sunday morning and blew our church away. Hubby and I anchored down in a itty bitty closet, which is no easy feat for us two giraffes, and rode it out. Next door, my sister C, her hubby and dog-Tucker, squeezed in their shower! It was the strangest thing I've ever been through. Daylight turned to complete darkness within seconds and the loudest "train" noise you've ever heard. We were screaming at each other in that little closet and couldn't hear one another. God was wathcing over us. Complete destruction all around us, but those little houses still stood! It came through before church services began, so no one was there. So anytime we hear "tornado", we take it serious!
After the 2 hour delay for school, and I get to work, I receive an email from my sis-n-law that read this: "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you." "When God takes something from your grasp; He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better."
We had a small church and now we have a new beautiful church that holds our larger congregation. See what God took from us that day, turned out to be a blessing! We were sad for the loss of our church, the one we grew up in and got married in, but that little church would have never held our congregation we have now. Sure, we could have built another or added on, but we had so much help financial wise through donations, free labor, disaster loan, that we were able to pay for this new church very quickly. God has truly blessed us!! Thank you God!!
I said all that to say this: this morning was a flash back to that day. I feel for those communities that were hit today. Two communities that are within 20 miles of my house, have been affected greatly by this tornado. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, farms destroyed, utter destruction. Please remember these families in your prayers. I thought the statement was very timely this morning, because we know that God's Grace Is Sufficient for our every need. These people are in great need and I pray for God's loving arm to surround them!
People, we need to be ready!
Love to all,