In the film the Wizard of Oz Dorothy and her puppy are swept away by a tornado in an altogether house, and kept safe as they journey on the “yellow brick road”.
There have been many storms across this country of ours. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, with flooding causing devastation in many places; and tornadoes doing even more damage. That is why the title.
There has not been much safety in the tornadoes of late. People have died. People are lost, and are not found, or found dead. We may not like that word d-e-a-d, but that is an honest to goodness word. People die in these things. Maybe someone would like hearing the term “Cessation of life”. Is that better. They are still d-e-a-d.
Dorothy is not in Kansas anymore could not be any more true. There are Dorothy’s, Tom’s, Tim’s, Tammy’s, Jane’s, Joyce’s , Joe’s and James’ who have experienced the damage of Joplin, Missouri last evening. Our son and his wife were involved in the tornado which practically leveled Joplin.
They heard the sirens, James sent Amber to the bathroom, he went and got their “boys” Skillet, Pillar, and a guest; and by the time they joined Amber debris followed James into the bathroom. When the tornado was over they came out and found a tree in their living room, windows blown out, roof missing, and devastation all around them. The joy of it all for all of us was they were not harmed. No cuts, bruises, or broken bones; and they were alive. For the work of our Lord Jesus Christ in this we thank Him and give Him praise.
To all those families who lost loved ones I am praying for you. For all those families who have yet to find your loved ones I pray for you as well. May God put His Almighty hand on your life and draw you nearer to Him.
As Paul wrote; “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Thank YOU Lord for YOUR grace and mercy. Thank YOU for saving the lives of all that YOU have.
Have YOUR way in the storms of our lives; and be forever glorified.
-Tim A. Blankenship