As of right now, there are 91 people, including children, that have perished as a result of the deadly tornado that hit my home state of Oklahoma yesterday. I’ve never watched drama like this unfold in front of me before. I watched the news as the weatherman pointed out every aspect of what was happening before the tornado touched down. Once it did, you could tell he was flabbergasted at its size and the path of destruction it was undoubtedly causing.
I was listening as the helicopter pilot reported on what landmarks the tornado was either headed towards or what it had hit. My heart skipped a beat when an elementary school was hit. After the tornado it was learned that a daycare center was also hit.
While casualties are always tough to take in such a situation, it is always the children that affect me the deepest.
I can’t even comprehend why God would allow such a thing to happen.
I think a lot of people wonder the same thing.
He will undoubtedly share a brunt of the vitriol and blame for this catastrophe, something I’m sure He’s very used to. While it may seem He is far, far away, I can guarantee He is no closer to anywhere on Earth than in Moore, Oklahoma right now.
While we may never understand why such things happen, I promise there is comfort in knowing He is available for all those hurting right now. This is why my prayers go out to all those affected. I can’t even imagine what life must be like right now for them and while I can’t identify, I can sympathize and cry out for those who lost everything.
And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. – Revelation 21:4
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea – Psalm 46:1-2