A great tragedy has happened this week. While it has been filled with heartache, it has also been filled with miracles.
My Uncle’s home exploded Wednesday morning. You may have seen it on the news here, here, here or here. Such a tragedy as it took the life of his fiancé, Judy, severely injured my uncle and destroyed his and many others’ homes. There are some things that we will never understand this side of heaven – including why things like this happen, why God took Judy and not Uncle Steve, among other questions. One thing for certain, when someone passes away young or unexpected like that, we can trust that God already knew the number of days she would have and He is still sovereign.
While our hearts are heavy we are also celebrating the miracles in the mess.
*It is a MIRACLE Uncle Steve is alive! Have you seen the pictures? Debris from the blast has been found miles away. Yes – he has serious injuries and has a LONG road of recovery ahead of him, but if you see the disaster scene, it is a MIRACLE that anyone came out alive. (Please pray for his recovery, pain control, that he stays free of infection as well as the emotional healing he will need).
*It is a MIRACLE that his hearing was not affected at all. The blast was heard 15-20 miles away in neighboring towns, yet Uncle Steve’s hearing has not been affected.
*It’s a MIRACLE that his defibrillator is fine. His heart is fine. Amazing!
*It is a MIRACLE some of the things that have already been found in the rubble. Five Bibles. (The insurance adjuster even mentioned to one of my cousins that he wouldn’t be surprised if they found any Bibles. Those seem to survive disasters like this. Coincidence? I think not.) Important personal affects. His purple heart.
*Speaking of his purple heart – this is the 2nd blast of this kind that he has survived – what a MIRACLE! The first was in Vietnam when his bunker exploded and he was the only one to survive. God had a plan for him to keep him alive then and now.
*Miracles of family, of community, of grace. It’s so gracious of God to allow us to see His miracles during such a horrific week.
God, be praised.