This is a story about a tornado. No auntie Em, no ruby slippers, you just have to settle for a real live miracle.
And EF 3 tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi last week and ripped the town apart. When’s of 165 miles an hour will do that. Four people were killed, dozens more injured, and the state of emergency was declared.
William Carey University, a small Baptist college in Hattiesburg stood right in the tornado’s path. This was the University’s Bass Chapel before the tornado hit.
This is what the interior of the chapel looked like on any average day at William Carey University.
Getting hit with 165 mile-an-hour winds is not your average day. Libraries and classrooms along with the number of historic buildings were damaged and one of the buildings that was ravaged by the tornado was Bass Chapel. This is what the chapel looks like when the tornado was done.
A tornado with 165 mile-an-hour winds can destroy buildings, but there are some things that high winds can destroy.
When people were finally able to get into the chapel the scene above is what they saw initially, but this is what their eyes were drawn to.
Sitting just below where a beautiful stained-glass window had been only moments before was a Bible. It was open to some 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.”
What the students, the administrators, and the faculty had William Carey University found in the midst of destruction was hope. As the University President said above, they will rebuild, they’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. And I’ll do it not for their glory…
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