Tornado Comes to the Party

beach-tornado

(not actual photo of event mentioned)

Acts 2:1 says “they were all with one accord[a] in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and…..”

July 3, 2016

Julia S. received Christ in the Bunkhouse as Mike, Jessica and I cried in joy.

Then we went to our 1st house prayer/share meeting at Kent T.’s house in Logan, NM.

Kent and Viola T., Cheston and Beth F. (with children), Kenneth and Betty T were there from Logan. Mike, Jessica, and Julia S. came early with me to help clean up the “bunkhouse.”

Chris Keller and Tommy Cox drove to Logan from Pampa (~3 hours each way). They left after morning church to fellowship and minister to the folks from Logan who showed up spiritually hungry.

Chris was testifying at the dinner table when the storm hit us. He was distracted by the violent winds and pouring rain. He could see the trees blowing one direction one minute, then blowing the opposite direction the next. Chris tried to continue, but stopped.

I felt compelled to start singing “It’s Beginning to Rain, hear the voice of the Father, saying whosoever will, come drink of this water….” then stopped. Those who knew the song sang along, but the presence of God was so REAL and HEAVY! After a few moments, Julia, at 7 years old, came running into the quiet room hollering “Look at the Rainbow, Come look, Come look!”

Kent asked Julia, “and what does the rainbow mean?”

Julia enthusiastically hollered “God is not going to destroy the earth by a flood again!!

When the storm passed, we went outside looking around. I was taken by how clear and beautiful the sky seemed directly overhead, like a hole had been opened above us and heaven was pouring in! The spiritual ceiling dome appeared to have been broken.

“The tornado formed right over Kent’s house, then bent to miss his house then moved on toward town! We were watching it!” Dwayne Roberts told me when we went to see if we could help after the tornado hit town.

Thank God no one was hurt by the tornado that I know of, but a motel had a lot of its roof taken off. Lots of trees lost branches and there may be more hail damage than I know.

Lots of 4th of July celebraters were out on the Lake and camping in tents when it hit, but no casualties were reported. The traffic coming out of the State Park was bumper-to-bumper as would-be rescuers were trying to get in to help.

Kent said that some boat owners reported extensive damage to their boats as the wind picked them up and slammed them back down as they were tied up. No bodily harm has been reported. I can only imagine what those poor tents looked like!

Our storm was a disturbance but not a disaster. God is not always polite.

Nahum 1:3 says “The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.”

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