Easter Miracle–The Power of God

This isn’t the message I’d planned to post for Easter.  As I’ve learned more times than I can count, if you want to hear God laugh, show him your long-range plan.  Last night, a massive storm system blasted its way through the Saint Louis area.  The system included at least two tornados.

Here’s what we do know, the alleged tornados leveled dozens, maybe even hundreds, of homes and businesses.  Lambert International Airport sustained major damage and is closed until further notice.  One local Catholic church had it’s steeple blown off during Good Friday services.  As someone has said, future generations will speak of the Good Friday tornado of 2011.

Others, myself included, are calling it the Good Friday Miracle of 2011.  Why?  Despite the millions of dollars of damage not a single person died or even sustained a serious injury.  One half of all the windows at the airport were blown out, and if you’ve never been to our airport, that’s a lot of glass blowing around yet only a handful of people sustained minor injuries.

An American Airlines plane sitting on the tarmac was impaled by a piece of sheet metal.  The metal penetrated the skin of the plane’s tail.  If it had hit ten feet to the left, someone would have been seriously hurt, maybe killed.

Cars were picked up, spun around, and flipped over, yet their occupants survived with, at worst, minor cuts and bruises.

It’s as if God was saying, “On the day when you killed my Son, I spared your life.  I AM God.  I AM stronger than the strongest forces of nature.  Trust in me.”

And how has the community responded?  As I write this, emergency management officials are telling us to stay home.  Too many people are showing up to help.  At this stage in the recovery there are major jobs to be done.  Power must be restored.  Roads must be reopened.  Damaged homes must be repaired, at least temporarily, as the meteorologists are predicting rain, and possibly more storms, for the next several days.  Well-meaning volunteers are actually getting in the way.  We’re being told that there will be plenty of work in the days ahead.  Right now, all they need is our money.

I would add that they also need our prayers.  We need to pray for the victims’ recovery and also to thank God that the only damage is to things that can be repaired or replaced.

Tonight and tomorrow we celebrate the greatest miracle of all; the day when Jesus Christ overcame death and saved us all.  You’d think that would be all the miracle we need.  But human creatures have short memories.  One of our favorite questions is “What have you done for me lately?”  We celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Season of Easter, to remind ourselves of what God and His Son did for us.  I think that sometimes God looks at us and says, “I think it’s time to remind them again.”

Yesterday we prayed for non-Christians and nonbelievers in the Good Friday petitions.  It seems like God answered our prayers by giving them a graphic demonstration of His power to save.

Have a joyous and blessed Easter!

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