I just finished making supper when David called, “Practice is canceled. Tornadoes struck Pella, Marshalltown, and Bondurant. They are headed this way. I’m going to the bank and Wal-Mart.”
I took supper, water, crackers, and bananas downstairs. Then I grabbed the computers, my DayTimer, purse, and flashlights. The candles and kerosene lanterns were already down there. (Don’t tell Joe, but I also grabbed the guitar and mandolin. I looked longingly at the piano – but it was too heavy.)
Iowa was hit with 27 tornadoes yesterday. The warehouse at headquarters where my husband works was hit. The tornado peeled off the back wall and part of the roof. Then it blew rain in soaking everything inside.
David put on his work shirt and drove down to help out. (He works at the site here in town.) On the way home, he checked on our daughter.
“The dog was acting funny. He kept going to his kennel. I noticed the tree laying down in the front yard. When the hail started, I decided to go to the basement.” (The tree got back up on its own.)
Two large trees blew over, taking out power lines. My sister lives in the same town. She was canning green beans. When the power went out, she finished the job by flashlight.
After the storm passed through, I called to check on my mom.
“Did you go to the basement?”
“I opened the door.”
My friend was in Pella when the tornado hit. She posted a picture of her car underneath a roof!
Vermeer in Pella was celebrating 70 years of business. They had 4000 people from all over the world at their open house. The tornado decimated their business. Miraculously, there were only minor injuries. People were treated and released.
The Van Buren County Fair was in full swing. They closed it down and sent everyone to the basement of the community building. Several stock trailers were rolled over. One was upside down by the lumberyard. The historic Galloway barn built in 1826 was leveled.
27 Tornados – 0 Fatalities! God is good!!!!
Isaiah 66:1-2, “God’s Message: ‘Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for Me? What holiday spot reserve for Me? (2) I made all this! I own all this!’ God’s Decree. ‘But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say.’ ” The Message
I want to be that person! Simple and plain, reverently responsive to God. As scheduled, I studied the cross-reference verses to Proverbs 12:6-7.
Proverbs 10:25, “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” New International Version
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