Monday, May 20, 2013

Who Understands Disaster?

The hail hits the windshield, the tornado siren blares, and my cell phone can't make a call.  I look to the south at the ominous clouds and then hear from the radio, "It's on the ground!"  My two youngest girls are screaming from the back of the van.  I must remain calm, but "Where is the tornado?!?"

My oldest daughter remains at the school and texts that she can't leave.  I need her now, but have to turn around to get to a safe place.  Now what?  I call our neighbors that have a shelter and they say we are welcome to come.  But one baby isn't with me, is this right?  Save two and leave one at school? 

By the time I get home, the message changes.  I can pick her up at the school.  Another forty five minutes on the road?  Is it safe? 

The two little ones grab their favorite blankets, a flashlight, and bottled water and down the street we go.  We knock on the door, ring the doorbell, no one home. 

We go back home to turn on the news.  We are safe, but the tornado is on the ground 20 miles south.  I assume our neighbors left to go to the school, but no answer on their cell.  Through many texts, my neighbors have found my girl and on their way home.

So thankful to see her face when she walks through the door!

Today, many moms shared my concern, separated from children at school.  Yet, many don't have a happy ending of seeing them walk though the door. 

As of now, over twenty have heard, "I'm sorry.  She is not coming home."  Buried in rubble or unaccounted for, I have no idea what they endure.

Please pray for the moms and dads with empty hugs for their little ones lost in the storm. 

Even though I don't understand, I know the One who does.

Who Understands?

Who can mourn and understand?
The shortest verse, "He wept," displays the person that sympathizes.

Jesus wept with the loss of His friend, showing God's compassionate heart.

Who can understand the loss of a child?
The verse of love demonstrates a God that empathizes.

God loved the world so much He gave His only Son, breaking His heart to save ours.

Who can comfort in the dark nights?
The person of God that delivers help: the Comforter.

The Holy Spirit rescues the broken hearted.

We may never understand when tragedy strikes.
But the perfect God, who sympathizes, empathizes, and comforts understands and stands ready to help. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 3 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.     

Linked to:Cornerstone Confessions, 1-Minute Bible Love Notes, The Alabaster Jar            


  1. Stacy, So glad A is ok. So scary when they are not with us when tragedy strikes! Thank you for such a sweet reminder to trust our Loving Father. He is in control, even in the midst of chaos!

  2. Thanks, Jennifer. Now prayers of comfort and strength for those affected.

  3. I echo Jennifer - thank you for the reminder. Praying continually this morning. Peace and comfort.


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