Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Story from Lawrence County...

I received this in an email from a friend from Lawrence County. This was written by a person who was in the tornado. It is pretty lengthy but worth reading...

"Well here I am @ my computer checking my email for the first time since the storms; I got my power back yesterday. I really felt convicted to tell my story, to uplift my Lord!! So here goes--Sometime shortly after 3am on Wed morning John-Ross came and woke me up and told me there was tornado warnings out for our area. So I got out of bed turned on the TV in the den and told JR to watch out the back and I would watch out the front. I called my dad to see if he was up since they were predicting storms for Decatur also, he wasn't but said he was getting up, then I called Angel to make sure they were up. About that time the news said if you were in the Five Points area or Caddo they were predicting it to hit at 3:15, I looked at the clock on the wall and it was 3:13, I ran and got Emily up told her to get in the hallway and jerked the mattress off her bed, shut all the doors and drug the mattress in the hallway shutting her door behind me. Told her to sit still and I went back to the front door with JR still at the back. It started to rain very hard and I couldn't see anything so I opened the glass door trying to see if I could hear, then it stopped raining got very still and somewhere behind us a transformer blew lighting up the entire sky, and our power went out, it was if the Lord was saying, get to the hall!! JR and I at the same time were yelling run, run get in the hallway. We got in the hallway and I pulled the door shut behind me. I pulled the mattress down on the three of us, we could hear it
coming! The roar was really something I can't describe. Emily said something I don't remember and I said just let me pray and I started to pray out loud, we could hear it getting closer and all of the sudden John-Ross' window blew out and it sucked his door open and I could feel the wind on my back, the lightning was flashing and I was so scared and I just kept praying "Lord please protect us, spare us, send your Angels Dear God!" The louder the storm got the louder I prayed. It seemed like forever and then finally it calmed down and we could hear a slight rain we sat there a few seconds in the quite afraid to move in shock I'm sure. Then I got up went to the front door, the lightning was still flashing enough for me to see the devastation around us! I called my dad back on JR's cell phone and when he answered I just lost it, I couldn't quit crying and shaking, I just kept saying "It hit us, It hit us"! He kept trying to calm me down, I just couldn't, and JR had to take the phone from me. I think when I realized what we had just lived through it really shook me up! To tell the truth I'm still shaken, I am not sure I will ever be the same!! My dad said according to his caller ID it was exactly 5 minutes from the first time I called him to the second time I called and told him it had hit us. I always thought I was a pretty strong person but this sure brought me to my knees, literally. I guess the reason I am sharing this is because, even though here recently my life has seemed to have been on what most would call the up side, you know getting a promotion at work buying the house I've been in for 3 years that I so wanted, which by the way I had owned for 11 hours before the tornado hit lol, yes I had signed the papers at 4 on Tuesday) anyway, there has been several times in my life and a lot here recently that I just felt tired and lonesome and I just didn't want to go on anymore, I just didn't know what my reason for living was. I didn't have that desire for whatever reason to go to church and I just felt lost. But it's funny how sometime you "Think" you wouldn't care if you died until you are faced with your own mortality that you quickly change your mind and you have a whole different outlook on life! You decide hey, things aren't so bad after all and I do want to live and There is a Risen Savior who just saved me and my kids and I am so thankful!! I hate that it took a Tornado to wake me up, but hey some of us are a little more stubborn than others lol. You know Em and I were talking last night about how we went to bed the same usual routine never crossing our minds that we may never see the next day, Me and my kids are Christians but I'm sure how well here lately we have served our Lord, not very well I'm afraid. Usually in the mornings she wants to listen to 104.3 but this morning on the way to school she turned it to the Christian radio station. So what's your outlook on life? Are you ready to meet The Savior? I know by looking at my place that I prayed a tornado around my house because there's destruction on both sides but my physical house and my Spiritual House is still standing!! Praise His Name, Suzanne"

2 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Great testimony. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

Mike said...

No problem...it was great.