We drive by the same group of trees each time we come into town, and for a few years now, they have been holding a reminder of an unbelievably scary day for many people. Caught in the mostly limbless trees is a huge chunk of twisted metal. It’s nestled there, not moving a bit in the years that have gone by since the “twin twisters” hit.
That June day was filled with severe tornadoes. Nothing new for Nebraska, but this day, the tornadoes ended up being closer than ever before. They did incredible damage all around us and nearly destroyed the entire town we can see right from our front porch. That day was a huge wound for many.
Years have passed, and with time, wounds have healed. But as with all wounds, even healed ones leave a mark, a scar, a reminder of the hurt and destruction. The scar is a reminder of what we have endured, of what we have overcome. That huge piece of twisted metal in the limbless trees is a reminder of what people around here survived; it is part of our story, and it has shaped us.
Scars show that we may have suffered, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have overcome and we know that God is sufficient. Scars are proof that He will carry us through anything, that we can get through everything. We can make it through the storm because God is with us, and there are no limits to His great love and power.
He sees it all. He lovingly watches each and every one of us. He meets us in the hard, in the suffering, in the storm, in what we think is impossible. And because we know this truth, there is reason to continue to hope.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God;
all things are possible with God.”
(Mark 10:27 NIV)
The day of the “twin twisters” was devastating. The whole world was turned upside down for so many in just a few short minutes. The images of rubble and destruction will be forever burned into our minds. But the community came together and over these last few years, the town has rebuilt. Brand new homes now cover much of the town. There is a new community center, and even a couple of new businesses went up. Day by day, God and His grace sustained our town. There are scars from the journey, but God has always been at work and lives have been rebuilt.
Remember, we can endure anything when we persevere in faith. Hold on to Christ. Keep a secure grip on His faithfulness and reliability.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.