Wednesday, April 4, 2012

When Destruction Hits, His Love Never Quits

You never think it could happen to you until it does. 

I got the call during my Contemporary Plays class yesterday afternoon. During the day, my Mom usually texts "Can you talk?" before calling. But this time she dialed straight through. That's when I knew something was up. As soon as class was out I called her office and she answered almost immediately.

"Are you okay? How's the weather? Has anything touched down close to you?"

I had no idea what was happening. Trying to calm her down, I said that I had been in class for the past four hours and did not have a clue what she was talking about. That's when she told me about the tornadoes. Several had touched down in Dallas, one was reported to be near my hometown and the storms seemed to be headed in my direction. 

The side door to the theatre opened and it was still light out. No rain, a few clouds, and the wind was still. Nothing seemed amiss. I told her I would find out what I could but to keep me posted, then hung up. She called back less than an hour later saying she couldn't get in touch with my sister and that the news reported a tornado struck a neighborhood on the north side of town and one of the elementary schools.

She started to panic, and so did I. Cell service was terrible, thanks to all the destruction and storms in the area. And I couldn't believe that Shelby wasn't answering. Forget work at this point. I was standing at the front windows of the building, watching with my friends as the clouds rolled in, the rain began to pour, and waiting desperately to hear from my sister.

Nothing.

There were plenty of reasons, I was sure. She didn't have her phone on her, cell service was down, someone else was getting through to her, or the school was still on lock down. That had to be it. Thankfully, that was the case. She was fine. My brother was fine. Everyone got home safe and sound.

My home was safe and sound. Others were not so fortunate. 

Yesterday, disaster struck my hometown like never before. More than ten tornadoes touched down in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Eighteen wheelers were lifted into the air, homes were destroyed, and people's livelihoods were strewn about their front lawns with the doors and rafters. It is heartbreaking.

I have spent a whole of 48 hours at home since the first of the year and never did I expect to return to it for Easter after such a tragedy. Praise the Lord that my home and family were spared. Up until last night, it was still so surreal. We were caught up in the NCAA women's basketball championship game (or were trying to be) when I first saw the pictures. Pictures that tore my heart in two.



{All credit to The Fitz Photo }

I can't imagine what some of these families are going through, and I have to say "Praise the Lord, all glory to Him," over and over again to the Lord for sparing my neighborhood from this brokenness. But this is my town. These are my friends. And now we need to rally together more than ever.

Please pray for the families affected by this disaster. Pray for peace and provision, healing and comfort. Pray that others would step up and lend a helping hand. Pray that faith would be strengthened and this would lead to new places of intimacy with the Lord rather than turn anyone from him.

This is my comfort. This is my cry. This is the God I will love and serve all the days of my life:

Thank the miracle-working God,
His love never quits.
The God whose skill formed the cosmos,
His love never quits. 
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations,
His love never quits. 
The God who filled the skies with light,
His love never quits.
The sun to watch over the day,
His love never quits.
Moon and stars as guardians of the night,
His love never quits...
God remembered us when we were down,
His love never quits. 
Rescued us from the trampling boot,
His love never quits. 
Takes care of everyone in time of need.
His love never quits. 
Thank God, who did it all!
His love never quits!


Psalm 136:4-9, 23-36 
The Message

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Only He can bring us out of this pain.

2 comments:

  1. Oh wow. I will definitely be keeping your hometown in my prayers. Such a horrible thing, my heart aches for them. I'm glad you and your family are safe and sound, too!

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  2. So thankful you all are okay. I have a lot of family in TX...but not in Dallas any more. (My cousin lost her home in Bastrop due to the fires last summer/fall...can't remember when exactly.)

    Praying for all those dealing with the aftermath. Living in Miami, I'm well aware of the destruction of hurricanes with tornadoes.

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