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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Toto, Kansas, and Tornadoes

Whenever I am asked where I'm from, I usually tell people, "Me and Toto are from Kansas." You remember Toto, don't you?? The cute little dog that belongs to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. You have to understand that if you grew up in Kansas, it's part of the fiber of that state to watch that movie. I always liked the Tin Man for various reasons, and I recall watching that movie as a young boy on television. When I saw that tornado for the very first time, I can still remember my realization of the fear and destruction that they can cause.

There were MANY times growing up in Wichita, Kansas that we would hear the sirens and head for shelter. Oftentimes the sirens were only precautionary, and we felt like we were hiding in the basement for no good reason.

This week in Greensburg, Kansas, a small community in the southwest corner of the state, the sirens were for real. One of the largest tornadoes ever recorded completely destroyed this city, and after looking at the picture above, the amazing thing is that only eight people were killed. I do not take lightly any of the deaths of the eight, but when one looks at the photograph above, it seems to me that thousands could have died.

The explanation for this is that MANY people who had heard these sirens MANY times before, perhaps a thousand times before, still decided to go to their shelters, basements, and underground bunkers JUST IN CASE a tornado actually did hit, and SURPRISE.... IT ACTUALLY DID HIT, with such force and power that the devastation was overwhelming.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, please pray for the people who lost everything. Pray for those whose family members died. Pray for those unsaved, that perhaps they will turn to God during these trying times, and pray for all who will have to rebuild and start over again. Unlike Toto and the Tin Man, this is NOT a make believe story. This is reality.

And for us???? We need to realize that even though we've heard the warning a thousand times before, one day the Lord Jesus Christ will, indeed, return, and the only ones that are going to be saved are those that are hiding in the shelter of His love. Will you not heed the warnings that we read about over and over again in the Word of God that Jesus is the Lord of Lords, and that one day EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus is, indeed, Lord of All?

1 comment:

Ray said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,
We thought maybe you would be able to help us with this?:
We would like to go and help the people of Greensburg, Ks. but we are not sure how to go about this. It would be wonderful to represent our church, is anyone else planning to go?
We would prefer not to go through the United Way or American Red Cross since we probably would not be able to share with people about Jesus.
Our plan (Lord willing) is to drive to Connecticut by July 1st to help my sister move. But we are able to leave anytime, therefore, we would be available to help out in Greensburg for most of the month of June then drive on to Connecticut from there.
We feel in this 'season' of our lives we are able to give of our time & talents to help those in need. Our children are grown and able to take care of themselves and our home while we are away. Our Aircraft Upholstery business of 23 years has slowly been fading and we have recently started doing 'handyman' type jobs. The Lord has graciously provided for us through that.
Our financial concern for prayer has been asking the Lord to provide a small (for better gas mileage) motorhome to drive there and live in for that time. Since there is no housing and we would need a place to prepare meals and sleep.
Pastor, do you know of any others from Shepherd, or other area churches that might have volunteers going to Greensburg, Ks.? Since you are from Kansas maybe there is someone there you could put us in touch with?
Thank You for your time : )
Ray & Laurie Foster

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:14