Several years ago some dear friends of mine, Travis and Starr, went motorcycle riding one night with another couple with whom they were friends. The other couple lived in Marks, Mississippi, and Travis and Starr lived in Clarksdale, about twenty miles from one another. They rode their bikes down to Sardis Dam but on their way back home a severe thunderstorm headed their way. Since they were closer to Marks than Clarksdale they decided to go there to seek shelter. Their friends lived in a mobile home but Travis and Starr figured they would be safer there rather than trying to ride their bikes twenty more miles to their own home. They decided to spend the night with them and head home the next morning.
The weather seemed to have calmed down so everybody went on to bed. Sometime around two in the morning Starr was awakened by a terrible noise. As we have heard so many say of tornados, she said it sounded like a train was bearing down on them. She was scared out of her wits. Most of us have probably heard that if we are in a mobile home, or a vehicle, when a tornado is headed our way that we should seek shelter elsewhere. Starr jumped out of bed and woke up all the others. She yelled, “Everybody needs to get up, get dressed, and get outside; a tornado is coming!” They all went running down the hall, grabbing clothes and trying to get dressed while they ran. They all made it safely outside only to find a clear sky without a cloud in it - and a train track a few yards away from them with a passing train on it!
Starr’s mistake gave me a good laugh but the actual storms that passed through several states this week was certainly no laughing matter. Please join me in praying for the families of those who lost loved ones in the storms as well as those who lost their homes, places of business, places of worship, and more. For a few of these families and places this is not their first time. I give thanks to those first responders who came to help, followed by disaster relief teams, other good Samaritans, and eventually those who will help these families to rebuild their homes and their lives. It is always comforting to know that we are not alone. People come alongside us to help and God has said, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2) As the storm season is still young, please be careful because the mistakes we make during a storm can cost us our lives.
Dr. Bill King is the powerful writer of the novel But You Shall Receive Power and the creator of the humorous character known as Billy Bob Bohannon. Bill has performed as Billy Bob for churches and civic groups across the nation since 2002. His first book of Billy Bob humor, No, Really, My Name is Brother Billy Bob Bohannon, was published in 2009. The fun continues in his follow-up books, My Name is Still Brother Billy Bob Bohannon and Clean Up the House, Boys, Mama Has Hired a Maid (both OakTara). Billy Bob will have you laughing at his tales, but before you know it, he’ll sneak in a lesson for life. Bill draws from his theological training and years of pulpit ministry but in a way that is not preachy.
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