Faith brings strength
To the Journal editor:
The photo in the May 21 Mining Journal, a scene of the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado, showed the devastation to us who live hundreds of miles away.
As I listened to the interviews of survivors of the tornado, I heard good attitudes expressed, optimism, and messages of hope given by some of the people most hurt by the tornado.
A 72-year-old man said he and his disabled wife stayed safe in their bathroom and prayed while the rest of their home and garage were destroyed. He didn’t grieve over his losses. He said God owns everything.
He knew his life was in God’s hands and he felt secure in the Lord. He said he simply planned to start over. However, he was heartbroken over the suffering of others.
A lady had two nieces in a school hit by the tornado – one girl was injured and the other was missing. She said she was keeping her faith and trusting in God.
One man was safe -he was out-of-town when the tornado hit his home. He said God must have another plan for him.
One teacher led her students to rooms that seemed the safest and she said she did what teachers weren’t supposed to do -prayed aloud for her students to be safe; they survived. Another teacher said she prayed with her students while they stayed safe in a bathroom. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin mentioned the need for prayer.
The mother of a child who died said she knew her daughter was in heaven smiling down. A baby being born during the tornado was aided by quick-thinking nurses and the mother said the nurses were “godsends.” She named the baby “Emmanuel” which means “God with us.”
Many of the people had hope for the future rebuilding of their city, and many volunteers were immediately helping. Job in the Bible, a man who went through disasters, lost everything-family, health, and possessions-everything except his faith, but God restored Job’s losses and “.. .the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10) There is another verse that also encourages me. In a land that was devastated by locusts, God promised, “.. .1 will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten….” (Joel 2:25) May we all have faith and hope and keep praying for the people of Oklahoma.