Trust: Even in a Tornado
For the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about what it means to trust God. So far I’ve shared about how big, faithful, and kind our God is. Today I want to consider a very different aspect of trusting God.
On the morning of Sunday, November 17, 2013, I was teaching an adult Sunday school class. The weather was not typical for that time of year. It was really warm, humid and windy. Half-way through my class, a number of cell phones, including my own, sounded a loud alert. When we looked at our phones we saw the message, “Tornado warning: Take cover”. We all took shelter at our church until the storm seemed to have passed. We soon discovered that though it had passed by us, it definitely had not passed over our near neighbors. The only effects we saw from the storm were a power outage and diminished cell phone service.
I had little cell service so I was surprised when my phone rang. The news that a tornado had touched down in our area was revealed from a phone call from my family in England. My family described what they were watching on their TV news report. Later, I drove a few miles north to the place where the tornado had hit. Words cannot describe my first impressions of the Washington tornado. The police had set up road blocks, so it wasn’t possible to see the extent of the damage, but as I drove around the outskirts of the town, it looked like a Boeing 747 had landed and plowed right through all the neighborhoods. A few days later, someone sent me the footage of a CCTV camera from a local gas station. Over the course of just a few seconds, you could see the wind increase, a house start to disintegrate, and then be completely removed with only the foundation remaining. To see the damage, you would think hundreds had been killed. In reality, there were only two fatalities. That in itself was amazing.
You may be thinking, “What does a tornado have to do with trusting God?”
When I think of trust, I think of the sense of peace that comes from God. But when I think of a tornado, I think of the power of a storm that creates chaos. Here is my point: What sometimes looks like chaos and mayhem can be part of God working out His plan. He is infinite in knowledge and unlimited in power.
Scripture says in Romans 8:28 that He is working all things for our good. That includes tornadoes. That includes things that happen in our lives that we didn’t expect. God had plans on the day the tornado came through our area. He has plans for you each and every day. Trust God – even in a tornado – because if God can tell a tornado where to start and where to stop, there's nothing that He cannot control.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Isaiah 40:12
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