Out of the black night the wind came. Swirling and twisting, destroying houses, schools, cars, trees, and sadly, people. No force could contain it. And then it was gone. The morning light brought a terrible sight, but almost immediately the work began. Now, a few days later, the clean-up efforts have been “incredible” and they continue. People coming together with hands to work, funding to share, and hugs all around. There was no bit of human control or influence on the cause, but tremendous human kindness in the aftermath.
Out of the east the germs have come, trickling in steadily and strongly. Causing illness, even death. And it continues. Each morning brings news of a growing number of cases, more cancellations, no toilet paper in the stores (???), and loads of fear. In this case there is human control or influence on its cause and spread, but many people are hibernating and “social distancing,” every man for himself.
What a contrast in these events in nearby Nashville and throughout Tennessee. It is encouraging to see tornado cleanup efforts continue, even in the wake of coronavirus concerns. Two serious problems. Two differing responses.
Thankfully these words offer comfort to everyone:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.