The tornado that tore through Mississippi on Saturday, January 14, left a trail of destruction more than fifteen miles long. Four people died, more than 20 were injured, in the EF3 tornado which packed winds between 136 and 165 miles per hour. Severe damage was reported in Forrest County, especially in the towns of Hattiesburg and Petal.
At William Carey University in Hattiesburg, nearly all of the college’s thirty buildings sustained severe damage. About 100 vehicles on campus were totalled, as the winds flung parked cars into one another. Several students reported injuries, although thankfully, no one was killed.
But did you see this story?
“…University President Tommy King says something remarkable happened at the chapel.
“We had extensive damage to our beautiful Bass Chapel on campus, but the Bible on the pulpit was left undisturbed, and it’s opened to Psalm 46: ‘God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble,'” King said.
And in the middle of the devastation, a campus statue of Jesus also survived, surrounded by debris but untouched by the tornado.”
The psalmist is correct: God is our refuge and our strength in times of trouble. Storms will come; yet even when we are battered by the winds, He is there. Whether the preservation of the Bible at William Carey University is a divinely ordered message, as the news report implies, or simply an astonishing coincidence, God’s Word is everlasting.
May God comfort those who have suffered injury or loss in the storm, and may He welcome to His Kingdom those whom He has called home.