Update– You might be interested in this essay I wrote a day later, looking at the situation a bit more deeply and theologically, called If God is Good, why Didn’t He Stop the Tornado?
I am recovering from a traumatic spiritual battle as I alluded to earlier in the month. It sapped my strength almost completely.
Our elementary school’s last day is this Friday at noon. So three and a half days left. Most of the kindergarteners thought today was the last day, more than one thought so. Holding these kids down for 7 hours a few days away from summer break saps your strength.
We are having an unusual heat all of a sudden. The temps are in the upper-80s but real-feel temps are in the mid-90s. It saps your strength.
I went grocery shopping after work, the Dollar Store and Grocery store share a parking lot. Walking the buggy back and forth from one side to the other to load the car with heavy groceries saps your strength.
I got home at a low strength point. Kind of weary.
Then I read about the tornadoes in Oklahoma. My strength sapped even further, pooling at the ground around my feet.
A KFOR-TV weather man said the winds from this worst tornado were over 300mph and it was an F5. It was wider than Oklahoma’s worst historic tornado which occurred in 1999. It is at least 3X as worse as the May 1999 historic tornado. It went from nothing, not a cloud, to an F5 inside of one hour, which is the fastest the atmosphere will allow, he said. It caused catastrophic devastation. He said it is the most devastation from a tornado in the history of the world. There are many dead, including 24 children, at least, have died.
When I read about the elementary schools being in the path of a direct hit from this devastating tornado, my strength waned quickly…tears come to my eyes for this old sinful world. Watching anything die is hard, watching the world die is harder.
What to do?
Praise the Lord. It gives you strength. (Psalm 68:35).
Trust the Lord. It gives you strength. (Isaiah 12:2).
Obey the Lord. It gives you strength. (Revelation 14:12).
Hope in the Lord. It gives you strength. (Lamentations 3:25).
What God ordains is always good. I posted this yesterday, I post it again. Because we need it.