It was a day many in the South will never forget, especially Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Ringold, Georgia. By the end of the
day on April 27, 2011 many were dead or injured. Riding through the town, people shook their heads in disbelief at the terrible devastation. Only a slab of cement remained where a McDonald’s used to reside and seven people had been killed. Trees and power lines blocked the road, a motel stood open to view with an entire outside wall ripped away. Nothing looked the same. Every thing had changed in a few explosive minutes.
A killer storm like this can stun and shake us deeply. The shock lasted for many months — some wonder if they will ever be the same again.
Families, schools, churches and businesses literally were blown away. Comfortable old routines had disappeared. So many felt helpless, vulnerable and overwhelmed by the catastrophic events imposed upon them.
Yet, in the middle of this tragedy there was, and is, one person who is available, unchanging — the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8). We can count upon Him because He is always present, steadfast and kind. He is the same yesterday, today in our trials, and with us in our futures. He said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5).
He will provide comfort and light in our darkest storm. He will bring the stability and keeps our hopes and dreams from shattering in the violent storms of life. Look to the unchanging God for your security. Trust in His love, grace, wisdom and guidance in all unstable times. Even when nothing looks the same anymore, you feel afraid and vulnerable.
Ask for His peace, comfort and guidance. He will help you. Today, schools, churches, businesses and homes have been rebuilt. We thank the Lord for His help and trust Him of our future. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
Dr. David Bouler of Global Faith Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, contributed this column to the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.