Is it me or does it seem that tornados are popping up in places they haven't before?
When we moved to North Carolina 20 years ago I remember one tornado touching down in southwest Charlotte close to South Carolina but for many years after not a one.
It seems that each year now we have multiple instances of tornados.
And the destruction! It's devastating. It's heart wrenching to hear about and see how whole neighborhoods are flattened.
Just last week we had one touch down about 15 minutes from our home. One friend who lives in that area recounted the ever so familiar "calm before the storm" - an eery stillness and then the sound of a freight train. Fortunately, the powerful funnel passed by their home but there were many that were not so fortunate.
Then my mind goes to the areas of our country where multiple tornados show up in one area. Whole towns are destroyed. People killed. Prized possessions scattered all over.
It's amazing. Something that only takes a few minutes causes damage that takes years to rebuild.
I never thought of this before, but a friend of mine told me the other day that she is fascinated by tornados. How they start. How they move. And then how quickly they disappear. She pointed out the fact that a tornado is another example of God's power in nature.
Makes you think. God is powerful. He created nature. He created everything.
I'm not saying that God sends tornados to cause destruction. We do not fully know the mind of God, nor will we ever. But I am saying that it's a sobering thought to realize that He is the author and finisher of this world.
I have a new respect for things like tornados....and their power.
I'm praying for those whose lives have been devastated.